Last updated: October 19. 2013 7:36PM - 602 Views
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(AP) A San Francisco Bay Area commuter train struck and killed two maintenance workers Saturday afternoon, police said.

The accident took place on a track in Walnut Creek and comes amid a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers that has shut the system down since Thursday.

Some trains were being moved by non-union staff members as a part of routine maintenance. Union representatives have warned of the danger that could come with allowing managers to operate trains.

It was unclear how the 1:45 p.m. accident occurred. BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow confirmed the deaths to the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1c5p5m4). The newspaper said there are two tarps on the tracks about 150 yards apart.

BART officials said in a statement that they would release more information later Saturday.

BART management and union officials have been at an impasse over contract negotiations since Thursday.

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