Investigators Sifting Through Amtrak Train Wreckage

Posted by Clifford Law Offices on June 26, 2011 |

Investigators sifted through the Amtrak train wreckage near Reno, Nevada, Sunday after a tractor-trailer plowed into the train at a railroad crossing in the Nevada desert Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team is on the scene combing for evidence as to why the incident occurred, killing the driver of the truck as well as at least five people on board the train that exploded on fire.

The California Zephyr started its route from Chicago and was traveling about 78 miles an hour when it collided with the ruck.  It traveled about a half mile before it stopped, according to reports.  204 passengers and 14 crew members were on board.

The driver of the truck was said to be a man in his mid-40s who worked for John Davies Trucking of Battle Mountain in northern Nevada, according to the New York Times.  Apparently he tried to stop because the New York Times reports that his tractor-trailer skid marks were the length of a football field.  He died upon impact.

The Times also reports that the engineer of the train slammed on the emergency brakes in the hopes that the train would not derail.

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