Chicago Amtrak Train Collides with Truck in Reno, Nevada

Posted by Clifford Law Offices on June 25, 2011 |

    An Amtrak train heading from Chicago to California collided with a semi-truck at a railroad crossing in Nevada Friday.

    Authorities are reporting that at least five people were killed on the rural stretch of a Nevada Highway near Reno, Nevada.  The truck driver and one person on the train were killed at 11:25 a.m. on U.S. 95 about 70 miles east of Reno, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

    The train exploded into flames and some 20 others on the train were hospitalized.  Amtrak reported that 204 passengers and 14 crew members were aboard the California Zephyr that was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, California, about 300 miles away.

    Apparently the semi-truck rammed the side of the fourth car of the train and two of the cars caught fire, witnesses reported.  The truck was loaded with gravel. 

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