Authorities are investigating what appear to be skid marks of a tracker-trailer that plowed into the side of a train, killing the driver of the rig and what is reported to be at least five people aboard the Amtrak train.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez told the media that skid marks found at the rail crossing indicate that the truck driver attempted to brake. Authorities are looking into the driving and medical records of the truck driver as well as will be waiting for autopsy results.
The crash occurred near Trinity, Nevada, about 70 miles east of Reno at a rail crossing. The route originated in Chicago and was headed to the San Francisco bay area.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team that is on the scene held a press conference late Saturday and revealed its plan to get to the cause of the tragedy. Divided into teams, the investigators are planning on being there at least a week to go through exactly what occurred. Safety equipment, crossing lights, gates and signaling equipment as well as the driver’s condition and driving record, his autopsy report and the working condition of the truck all will be closely examined, NTSB authorities announced.
Approximately 28 people still remained unaccounted for Saturday night, but authorities were hoping that some were able to exit the train and get to safety and didn’t inform anyone.