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BART Workers Killed In Train Accident During Major Transit Strike

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A Bay Area Rapid Transit train departs the MacArthur station Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. A recipe for gridlock was brewing in the San Francisco Bay Area, as two of the region's major transit agencies teetered on the brink of commute-crippling strikes. While talks between the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its unions to avoid the second walk-off in four months were set to resume on Tuesday, workers at a major regional bus line said they would go on strike in 72 hours. (AP Photo/ | AP File

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Police from the San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit system say two employees performing maintenance have been struck and killed by a train.

Saturday afternoon's accident on a track in Walnut Creek comes amid a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers that has shut the system down. But some trains were being moved by managers.

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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