Construction worker struck by BART train

July 16, 2009 6:11:40 PM PDT
A freak accident above the BART tracks in West Dublin stopped BART trains and sent a construction worker to the hospital.

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The incident happened at the new Dublin/Pleasanton station at around 2:45 p.m. A construction worker, who was suspended in a bucket over one of the tracks, was hit by a BART train.

The train was on its way to Castro Valley from the Dublin/Pleasanton station. It had anywhere from 75 to 100 passengers on board. As they approached the new Dublin station which is under construction, they felt a bump and a sudden jolt.

Passengers tell ABC7 they were forced to stay on the train for about 30 minutes, without moving, while police arrived. Then the train backed up for about 10 minutes to the Dublin/Pleasanton station, where they were allowed to get off.

No one else was hurt in this crash.

The construction worker was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, but it is not clear what kinds of injuries he suffered. However, BART spokesperson Linton Johnson said, "it looks bad."

The injured worker is an independent contractor for Contra Costa Electric.

As for BART service, it was interrupted in the area for over an hour.

The investigation into how and why this happened is continuing.

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