PLEASANT HILL -- Investigators re-enacted events that led to the death of two workers on the BART tracks last week, a procedure that halted BART service between the Lafayette and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre for three hours Wednesday afternoon.
The procedure will be the latest step in the National Transportation Safety Board's probe into the deaths of 58-year-old BART employee Christopher Sheppard and 66-year-old Laurence Daniels, a rail consultant. Both were working on the tracks between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek at 1:53 p.m. Oct. 19, when they were hit by a train where the tracks run adjacent to Jones Street.
The re-enactment began at noon, and BART shut down trains on the Pittsburg-Bay Point and San Francisco lines between those three stations until 3:30 p.m., the agency said. Commuters at the Lafayette, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations used BART buses that took them to waiting buses. Service east of Pleasant Hill and west of Lafayette continued unabated.
On Tuesday, NTSB Investigator in Charge Jim Southworth said the collision happened when a supervisor was teaching two trainees to drive trains during the strike. A four-car train was going at least 60 mph when it struck Sheppard and Daniels.
Southworth said his agency found flat spots on the rear car wheels, indicating the brakes were applied before the accident. He also said the lights, horn and brakes all were working.
The NTSB says the supervisor and one trainee were in the cab at the time of the accident with "direct supervision," while four other employees rode in the passenger compartment.
Staff writer Matthias Gafni contributed to this story. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.