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Railroad Accident Brief: Bay Area Rapid Transit Train 963 Struck Roadway Workers

Executive Summary

​On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 1:44 p.m. Pacific daylight time, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) train 963 struck and killed two engineering employees while they were working on BART’s main tracks near Walnut Creek, California. The train, which included four passenger cars, was travelling north on the Pittsburgh/Bay Point-SFO (San Francisco International Airport) Line between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations. It was one of two trains being operated by BART managers because BART’s union employees were on strike. Both trains were transporting management employees, who were being trained as substitute operators and system maintenance workers. No paying passengers were being transported by either train.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s use of simple approval for granting roadway worker access to the track, which required the workers to provide their own protection.

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Accident Location: Walnut Creek , CA USA  
Accident Date: 10/19/2013
Accident ID: DCA14FR001

Date Adopted: 4/13/2015
NTSB Number: RAB-15-03
NTIS Number:  

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