Legislative Hearing Set to Probe CA Transit Deaths

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The head of a Northern California transit workers union called for a criminal investigation into the deaths of two Bay Area Rapid Transit track inspectors who were struck by a train while BART's regular train operators and maintenance workers were on strike.

AFSCME Council 57 executive director George Popyack called for law enforcement involvement in the probe of the Oct. 19 accident while testifying Thursday at a legislative committee hearing in San Francisco. The state Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment convened the meeting to investigate the accident.

Much of the focus on the accident centers on the transit agency's "simple approval" process that makes workers completely responsible for their safety while working on the tracks.

Federal and state authorities are also investigating the accident.

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