SF transit operator in fatal accident was trainee

OAKLAND, Calif. - 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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