NTSB Issues Recommendations For Protection of Rail Workers
(AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations Thursday. They would require rail transit agencies nationwide to use extra safety systems to protect rail side workers. These systems would help warn train drivers of workers on the tracks ahead.
A train struck the two BART track workers Oct. 19. They were using a safety protocol which relied on one watching for oncoming trains while the other inspected the track.
The safety board does not have the power to force changes. It is asking the Federal Transit Administration to require the extra safety protections.