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your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald good evening, i'm ann notarangelo. we begin with breaking news in the east bay. a bart train has hit and killed two men on the tracks. this was the scene from chopper
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5 a short time ago. this happened along jones road between the walnut creek and pleasant hill stations. kpix 5's brian webb reports. >> reporter: ann officially this is a bart police investigation. and it's kind of turned into an eerie scene out here. the crowds have cleared out, the workers who came down here to see things for themselves, they are gone, too. what is left is this empty four- car bart train standing still on the tracks frozen in time and the bodies are still near the tracks about 500 feet to the south of us covered with tarps and there are a few bart officials running between the two scenes. this is what we know from bart management so far. two employees were hit by an out of service train about 2:00 north of the walnut creek station. they were working on a reported dip in the track at the time. by procedure one of them was supposed to inspect the track,
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the other was supposed to be a lookout for incoming train traffic. both are said to be experienced on the tracks and around the train. the train itself we're told was on a, quote, routine maintenance run with an experienced operator and several others on board but being controlled by computer when the workers were hit. we have radio transmission of a dispatcher and the train operator talking as the accident happens. here it is. keep coming, keep coming, hold on, hold on, stop, stop! stop! >> all stop. >> train 963 routing c53, c54 canceled. let me know when you're ready to proceed ahead after your break. >> bart emergency, bart emergency. >> bart emergency, go ahead, central. >> central, 3963. we just struck some individuals at approximately 16.2 on the c- 1 track. central, be advised it may be bart employees.
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>> reporter: so bart officials have not released the victims' names at this point. bart officials insist they did not know exactly who was driving the train. that was three hours after this accident happened. they have a long investigation ahead of them which will include looking at videotape from the train that was pointed straight ahead and that should show them exactly what happened. live near walnut creek, i'm brian webb, kpix 5. da lin is also at the scene with new details on the workers who died and what they were doing on the tracks. da. >> reporter: that's correct, ann. we are actually standing near where the bodies are as brian mentioned. they are still out here and it's still a very active scene. a lot of investigators are on and near the tracks. they are looking for clues as to how this happened and why this happened. we do know that one person was a union member who decided to work despite the strike and the
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other person was a bart contractor. >> our hearts and prayers go out to the families of two workers who have just been killed. >> reporter: management says both victims had years of experience working for the transit agency. >> these are two long-term railroad track specialists. i cannot overemphasize to you how long these people have been in the business and not just working for bart but i believe that both of these employees have a considerable amount of time with the freight railroads, as well. >> reporter: the two workers were inspecting the tracks near the walnut creek station. >> they were out looking for what was reported to us from an earlier train that there might be a slight dip in the rail. and they were out doing an inspection to see if they could identify whether in fact that was the case or not and where that dip was. >> reporter: the bart train that hit them was being operated by a computer system but we understand at least one
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person possibly two were standing in the operators cab. bart would not say whether those were bart managers or nonunion members. >> the labor issues, the negotiations, are not in the forefront of our mind. we have just lost two people in the bart family. and that's what our focus is on, getting through this evening. >> reporter: now, including these two workers, there have been seven fatalities in bart's 40-plus years of operations. live here in walnut creek, i'm da lin, kpix 5. kpix 5's joe vazquez is live in oakland now. he has been talking to bart unions, two of which of course are on strike. joe. >> reporter: ann, in fact, this is the picket line at lake merritt station. there is outrage, there's anger here. what they are saying publicly is, condolences to the families. now, one of the two men who was
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killed is a union member calle afscme, the third union made up of middle managers. that union is not on strike but they were asked by the union to honor the strike. today's victim did in fact cross the picket lines. the afscme president says the victim is a long-time employees. it's not clear whether he was doing the job he normally does, today. they said there is no doubt in her mind that the strike and the fact that people were doing jobs they are not familiar with contributed to the fatalities. >> union people, my members are train controllers. it's a year-long training. they know exactly how to deal with emergencies. the train operation itself is a 16-week training. there's no way that managers could be trained and be up to speed certified. so yeah, i think that this could have been avoided but that's my own opinion. >> reporter: so here's what some union workers are telling me off camera behind the scenes. there's a lot of talk here about something called a safety clearance. this is what's issued through
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central operations. the control center. they broadcast through the entire bart system. they let train operators know about routine maintenance like the one performed today. so what are you supposed to do in that scenario described by bart today? well, one train operator tells me they are supposed to put it in manual and slow down to no more than 27 miles an hour. they are supposed to honk as they come nearby. and that would clear the track and then the workers on the track would have a chance to move to an area they call a refuge area. was that done today? there are a lot of questions because, a, was the safety clearance issued properly? because you have people in central operating there without the jobs that they normally do. you have train operators today at least one manager according to two union officials that a manager was operating that train today. and the men who were on the track were they doing the jobs they normally do? that's also not clear. so a lot of questions here right now by union members a lot of anger because it's
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unclear whether the communications that was supposed to happen today was done properly. reporting live, i'm joe vazquez, kpix 5. >> and this tragedy is sure to have an impact on the ongoing strike and because of the strike, traffic in the east bay and parts of san francisco have been a mess for much of the day. let's take a live look in fact at the interstate 580/680 interchange cars. they are back up. this is a look at the bay bridge. it has been like this all day. terrible coming into san francisco. not much better going east. let's bring in phil matier. he is at the lake merritt bart station where union workers continue to walk the picket lines. phil, we hear from joe, who is saying that the union members privately are already talking about the safety issue. >> reporter: that's right. and the question, where do we go from here? one of the questions is. how does this affect talks and
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the strike? i know as this tragedy unfolded, in fact union leaders and bart directors were meeting privately to try to work out some sort of agreement that could put an end to the strike and get the talks back to the table and get work going. as a matter of fact, bart president tom radulovich and seiu president roxanne sanchez were together when they got the news. now, initially, it came as quite a shock. it sort of brought a reality check to what we're dealing with here. it's not just money and work rules. it's safety, as well. as far as where it goes from here remains to be seen. atu one of the unions says let's already take the contract we have and put it to a vote something that could take up to a week and delay getting back to the table but tonight, antonette bryant didn't want to talk about that. >> i think it's important to remember what happened today. we are not here to talk about work. two men are dead.
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and this is an extremely tragic situation. i think that's where we need to keep our eyes focused. >> reporter: it's going to be a question the next couple days. >> thank you. we hope you'll stay with kpix 5 and for continuing coverage of today's accident and the ongoing bart strike. we'll be right back. ,, the great american novel. so you can happily let life get in the way, while planning for tomorrow.
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woman's body twice-- a fullk before she was found in a st a hospital orderly reportedly walked over a missing woman's body twice a full week before she was found in a stairwell at san francisco general hospital. the "san francisco chronicle" reports the worker reported seeing the unconscious woman to the sheriff's department. 57-year-old lynne spalding disappeared from her hospital room september 21st and she was found more than two weeks later. it's not clear if spalding was alive when the orderly saw her or how the sheriff's department handled the call. a familiar spokesman says, this
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adds insult to injury. other bay area headlines. new uc president janet napolitano is vowing to keep tuition affordable. during a visit to uc-santa cruz she noted how tuition has tripled the past decade and says officials are working to keep the costs down. napolitano took over about three weeks ago and is stopping at all the uc campuses. she was a controversial choice and has been met with protests at her last two stops. the san jose police department thought it was picking up dozens of new recruits to join its ranks. it turns out about half of the recent class is considering working for our police agencies. the class of 40 just graduated in september. the san jose police force has seen its numbers dwindle in recent years due to retirements, layoffs and cuts. and the family of a 2-year- old east oakland boy is praying that he will recover from a gunshot wound. on sunnyside street yesterday, diante jackson was seriously wounded by a stray bullet
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playing outside his home. police say the shots were fired two blocks away. diante was last listed in critical condition. no arrests have been made. where do they keep coming from? for the second time in just days, a rarely seen deep sea creature has appeared on the california coast. >> along the coast today it was 57 degrees in half moon bay to 86 degrees inland in livermore. your neighborhood pinpoint forecast up next as the news continues on kpix 5. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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for the second time in lessn a week... a snake-like a sea creature is drawing crowds to a southern california beach. for the second time in less than a week, you should see roberta recoil -- a snake-like oarfish washed up this time in oceanside in san diego county. police called in experts from seaworld. the scripps research institute as well as the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. researchers will do further study on the animal. nothing like that. >> we only brought the natural ones in to take a look at a snake we ran into at lake del valle. i won't go back in the water! don't do that to people who swim in the open water! it's not nice! we have a beach hazard in effect tomorrow night through
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tuesday. we'll get to that. but right now let's get to this. whoo! live kpix weather camera looking towards the bay waters. highs today 57 degrees in half moon bay to 86 degrees in livermore. and right now, we are in the 50s in san francisco. you need a jacket if you are going to be out and about in the city on this saturday night. 60s in oakland and 70s santa rosa and also mountain view, livermore still at 80 degrees. again today's high very cool in half moon bay. otherwise 67 degrees in pacifica. 78 bayside in oakland and alameda. spot on for this time of the year in san jose. san francisco was actually five degrees above normal. tonight, dipping into the 40s and 50s across the board. 47 degrees overnight in santa rosa. area of low pressure way out there over the western pacific. it's causing some very large surf to arrive here by tomorrow night in through tuesday night. so we have that beach hazardous statement into effect for sneaker waves and also some strong rip currents are likely.
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never turn your back on an angry ocean. it's going to be beach-side tomorrow. meanwhile, central valley for your sunday, warming into the low and mid-80s. 68 degrees once the clouds scrub out of monterey bay. upper 50s in eureka and in the sierra, 69 degrees after a morning low expected tonight of 26. tomorrow's highs, maybe just a smidgeon cooler than today. low 60s in pacifica. 60s, 70s bayside, 80s inland. we'll have the return of the onshore wind out of the west 10 to 15 miles per hour. here's your extended forecast. it does get interesting. it looks like a repeat performance on monday, tuesday. then we introduce a few clouds on wednesday. we'll call it partly sunny with. cooling down on thursday. then friday there is a slight chance of rain returning right here to the bay area from san francisco to the north. it definitely bears watching. >> all righty. we know you'll watch it for us. thank you very much. vern is here and it's all
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about football. >> football, football. that's what saturdays are for. maybe a lilliard work. straight ahead a former 49er now tennessee titan sounds off before tomorrow's game and stanford bounced back big time from last week's loss. a one-handed grab by the son of a stanford great. who is that? coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,, look at them with that u-verse wireless receiver.
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ducks will play in the national title game. if stanford handles its business it could be smelling the rose bowl a second year. have to get past the bruins though. look at this. watch this catch. cody whitfield full extension, one-handed, 3rd quarter, 30- yard play. son of nfl lineman bob whitfield. that's a thing of beauty. that's a touchdown! later near the goal line is tyler gaffney pounding the rock to make it 17-3. but ucla made a game of it. made it a one-possession game but lurking was jordan richards. picked off quarterback brett hundley twice today and the turnover turned into points. gaffney again. career day 171 yards and two scores. the cardinal held the bruins to 266 total yards. trent murphy the sack on the last play of the game. stanford wins it 24-10.
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stanford now -- stanford now 6-1. now, auburn in white on the road at texas a & m. tre mason extends for the touchdown. they had to review it. the call stands. tigers up by 4. and no johnnie manzeil magic this time on fourth down run down in the final seconds. number 24 auburn upsets the 7th- ranked aggies 45-41. south carolina riding high on the bird scoring play. -- on the byrd scoring play here. so they were also part of the upset parade. tennessee got a last second field goal off the foot of michael palardy.. the volunteers stunned the gamecocks 23-21. nfl note. the raiders are off this weekend. they get the steelers next week.
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the 49ers are road favorite to beat tennessee. titans just announced that jake locker will be the quarterback tomorrow. one of his moving targets- delanie walker. the former 49er traded in the old 46 for the blue 82 for the titans. walker now the number one option at tight end for the first time in his career. off to a pretty good start already catching 20 balls for two touchdowns. >> people always ask --tell me my family and my agent, i say i play for the titans now. i don't know what san francisco doing. you know? if you ask me anything about titans, i can tell you that. i'm playing the san francisco 49ers i know the fans are watching back there and i'm here i have to show off of course against them. when the muppets mention you, you know you've made it big. michael walker the 22-year-old rookie pitched the cardinals to
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the fourth world series in 10 years. three post-season starts, 21 innings, one run, 22 strikeouts. walker was named the nlcs mvp the first rookie since livan hernandez back in 1997 and he outdueled the odds on cy young favorite kershaw. >> you know who he was doing it against, you're talking clayton kershaw arguably the best pitcher in baseball and , you know, for him to show up and pitch pitch for pitch for him throughout this whole deal and keep us in these games and we beat them twice. >> i guess a lot of the talk goes back to last year whenever they are up three games to one and how they kind of let it slip away. but, you know, i kind of took it in my owns hands where i wasn't going to let that happen. this morning on college game day after lee corso pickedthe seminoles of florida state to beat clemson, actor bill murray on the set came to clemson's defense, picks up corso and slams him to the turf.
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murray laying the smackdown on the --on the game day set this morning. 78 years young. >> there you go. >> a little fun. ally frivolity this morning on college games. >> thank you, vern. that's it for us at 6:30. we'll see you at 11:00. we'll have the latest on the bart accident that killed two workers today. captions by: caption colorado ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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dr. john york is barely recognizable behind the beard but his football team is showing less of a disguise by the game. the 49ers aerial attack wasn't the sole reason they beat the cardinals which is fine by their head coach. >> the running game, pounding the meat, grinding the meat.
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>> reporter: frank gore hoped to make hamburger out of the titans this week. we are firing up the grill next on "49ers preview." >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald welcome. let's look back to arizona. two point game late in the 3rd quarter. reed pounced on the loose ball. san francisco has it. 89-yard drive that lasted nine minutes and 32 seconds. hunter wraps it up. 49ers win 32-20 the final. >> the titans were in seattle in week six benefitting from a botched field goal that jason ran back for a touchdown. their only trip to the end zone in that game. a three bounty game in the 4th when marshawn


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