Autopsies conducted on two workers who were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit train during a labor strike have revealed that the men did not follow the agency’s safety protocols.
The Contra Costa Times reported that a Contra Costa County coroner concluded last month that both 58-year-old Christopher Sheppard and 66-year-old Laurence Daniels had their backs turned when they were hit by the train on Oct. 19 while inspecting a dip in the tracks.
Under the rules BART had at the time, one of the inspectors was supposed to be serving as a lookout and watching for oncoming traffic.
The transit agency has since ended its policy of requiring track workers to be solely responsible for their own safety.
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