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BART employees along with the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the scene on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, where a four-car northbound Bay Point train was involved in the deaths of two workers Saturday in Walnut Creek, Calif. The NTSB has taken over the investigation. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
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WALNUT CREEK -- The two workers hit and killed by a BART train Oct. 19 as they inspected track between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations died from blunt force injuries, a coroner's official said Wednesday.

BART worker Christopher Sheppard, 58, died from multiple blunt force injuries, while contractor Laurence Daniels, 66, died from multiple extreme blunt force injuries, a Contra Costa coroner's official said. The autopsy has not been completed, and no other information was released by the coroner.

Both men were investigating a reported "dip" in the tracks when they were hit by the train, investigators have said. Under BART regulations at the time, one man was supposed to act as a lookout in an area clear of the tracks, ensuring he could spot a train 15 seconds away.

Safety responsibility under "simple approval," a policy since abandoned by BART, was solely on the workers on the tracks.

Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.



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