Family sues California rail line over worker death

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Family members of one of two track workers struck and killed by a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the transit agency.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) reports that two daughters of Laurence Daniels say in the suit filed Friday in Alameda County Superior Court that a Bay Area Rapid Transit train was driven by "an inexperienced and not properly trained operator-in-training."

BART has not commented on the lawsuit.

Daniels and Christopher Sheppard were killed on Oct. 19 during a training run while BART workers were on their second strike in three months and train service was halted.

The lawsuit comes a month after state workplace safety officials fined BART $210,000, saying the train was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision.