WALNUT CREEK –
“Our condolences go out to the families. We’re all a part of the BART family. As we go about our work, we are very heavy hearted,” said Lt. Terrance McCarty, BART PD.
And there are countless hours of work still ahead, as the train remains on the tracks and the remains of the two BART workers killed are still out here, covered with several yellow plastic covers.
“We take this very seriously, trying to do the best job that we can. We’re being very meticulous to make sure that everything is wrapped up correctly. We’ll be out here all night. The scene will be secured all night,” McCarty said.
Additional help with the investigation is on its way.
“The NTSB contacted us and they are en route to the scene. They’re expected to be here tomorrow,” said McCarty.
Tragedy struck just before 2 p.m. today, when BART workers radioed for help.
The workers were doing an inspection, following a report of a dip in the track, when the accident happened. The impact hurled one workers white safety helmet. It laid to rest below the track, at least 100 yards from the man who wore it.
Bart officials said the men had experience working around moving trains. One would check the tracks while the other looked out for trains.
As word spread of the two fatalities on the tracks between the Walnut Creek and pleasant hill stations, union members arrived to show their support.
“On behalf of ATU, and the 920 members of and their families, our deepest sympathies and condolences to those families of the members that were killed today,” said Antoinette Brynat, president of the local 1555.