SF transit operator in fatal accident was trainee

NTSB: Train operator in Bay Area Rapid Transit accident that killed 2 workers was a trainee.

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With the BART transit system on strike, people wait in line to catch a ferry to San Francisco Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, from Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the Bay Area Rapid Transit employee who was operating a train during an accident that killed two track workers was a trainee.

James Southworth, the NTSB's lead investigator, said at a briefing Monday that the train was carrying six BART employees who were on maintenance and training duties during a strike by thousands of BART workers. The train was going 60 to 70 mph during Saturday's accident.

Southworth would not say whether the operator was a manager learning to operate the train to provide service during the strike.

He did say the trainee had held other positions with BART.

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