Authorities are reporting “multiple deaths” involving the train that headed out of Chicago Friday headed to California after a tractor-trailer rammed into the side of it at a rail crossing near Reno, Nevada.
The crash occurred in the Nevada desert Friday about 11:20 a.m. Amtrak has released information that a crew member and “fatalities to passengers” occurred.
When the truck impacted the train, a fire ensued, making rescue efforts more difficult, according to witnesses. It was reported that emergency crews were unable to begin removing those who were trapped following the fiery crash for 24 hours because the train was stuck on its side and could topple over on rescuers.
Brisk, dusty desert winds also whipped around the wreckage as a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) go-to team was on the scene to already try to determine the cause of the tragedy.
The driver of the rig is among those killed.