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California train agency fined $650,000 for 2 workers deaths

SAN FRANCISCO — Regulators have fined a Northern California transit agency $650,000 for safety failures that led to a commuter train fatally striking two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday also placed the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency on three years of probation. The commission said the fine would double if the agency commits any safety violations during that period.

The train that struck the workers was part of an October 2013 training exercise to teach managers how to drive in case of a prolonged worker walkout. The strike ended after four days.

The California Occupational Safety and Health agency fined BART $210,000 in 2014. The family of one of the workers also settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $300,000.