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A four-car northbound BART train sits idle where employees along with the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the scene on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Walnut Creek, Calif. The train struck and killed two maintenance workers Saturday. 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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