Coroner Names Victims in California Train Mishap

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Authorities on Sunday continued to investigate the deaths of two maintenance workers on a Bay Area Rapid Transit line Saturday, as a radio transmission of the accident emerged.

A BART police officer covers one of the two people that were struck and killed by a moving BART train along Jones Road in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/The Mercury News, Dan Rosenstrauch)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have named two men who were stuck and killed by a San Francisco Bay Area train during a worker strike.

The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office identified the men on Monday as 66-year-old Laurence Daniels of Fair Oaks and 58-year-old Christopher Sheppard of Hayward.

BART has said a four-car train carrying several employees was returning Saturday from a routine maintenance trip when it struck the men while they were inspecting a section of track in Walnut Creek.

The agency has said the train was being run under computer control and carried no passengers due to the strike.

The deaths came in the midst of the strike that has shut down BART train service and left commuters scrambling for alternative ways to work.

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