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Update at 9 a.m. Sunday: Two truck drivers and a train engineer watched helplessly as a semitrailer skidded the length of a football field before it smashed through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train at a highway crossing, killing at least six people.
Weener said 28 people were unaccounted for in the crash, but that the figure was “spongy” because some passengers may have gotten off the train before the crash or walked away from the scene without checking with officials.
The investigators from NTSB combed through the charred wreckage, trying to determine why a semi-tractor trailer hauling empty gravel containers hurtled through the wooden safety gates and flashing lights at the remote highway crossing.
More than 80 people were taken to hospitals in Reno and the surrounding area, some in helicopters, authorities said.
Another 76 people were treated at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, about 63 miles east of Reno, hospital spokeswoman Amiee Fulk said. All but one had been released by Saturday.
SPARKS, Nev. — A Nevada trucking company under scrutiny for a fiery crash with an Amtrak train that left at least six dead has been cited repeatedly by state authorities for crashes, unsafe driving and operating a truck with tires so bald the vehicle had to be taken off the road.
Allen said it is not unusual for state public safety officials doing spot roadside inspections to take trucks out of service for unsafe driving practices of discrepancies in travel logs. He said he wasn't familiar with the trucking company's record but said that "having just a couple of tickets, I don't think is an alarming issue."
Amtrak ‘misled’ Congress on finances
Rail service was on brink of bankruptcy
When Amtrak assured Congress it was on a “glide path” to free itself of federal subsidies early last decade, a handful of top executives secretly had reason to know better. In fact, the rail service was on the verge of bankruptcy.
According to a report issued by the government in June, Amtrak is in its worst financial shape ever.
The national passenger railroad is carrying debt topping $3 billion, and it lost $944 million last year alone, despite a growing ridership of 22.5 million passengers.
Amtrak: The Federal Government’s Own Corporate Financial Scandal By Barrett Kalellis | Aug. 5, 2002
Created by an act of Congress in October 1970, Amtrak started as a federally chartered corporation authorized to operate virtually all intercity passenger routes in the United States. It was supposed to reverse over two decades of continuous operating deficits incurred by privately run passenger railroads. At the time, promising to be a profit-making enterprise, it was given $40 million in initial funding, along with $100 million in loan guarantees.
Created by Congress in 1970, Amtrak is an independently run corporation. Its preferred stock is owned by the U.S. government.
To support the status quo, Amtrak president and CEO Joseph Boardman asked Congress in April 2011 for $2.2 billion in the next fiscal year to fund Amtrak’s operations.
Here it is a few days later and my local news finaly reported it..I called them two hours after it happened..They missed the scoop because they didnt check it out
Originally posted by granpabobby
reply to post by IPILYA
I reported this to my local news ..we will see if they bother to check it out
Jun 26, 2011 – The Mercyhurst team(A forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst College) left from Erie International Airport on Sunday morning.
Dirkmaat's team recently created recovery protocols for human remains through research funded by the National Institute of Justice. Dirkmaat expects to use the new procedures in Nevada.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Freight shipments have resumed on the Union Pacific Railroad’s main line across Nevada into Northern California as a federal-state investigation continued Sunday into the fiery big rig-Amtrak collision outside Reno that left at least six people dead and 28 others unaccounted for.
The death toll from Friday’s crash “may go up; we’re waiting for some forensic anthropologists to come in to really go over the affected cars.
The train’s conductor, Laurette Lee, 68, was among those who died in the crash.
5 people still missing from tragic Amtrak crash; semi truck slammed into train in Nevada on Friday
Five people were still missing three days after a horrific crash between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train in the Nevada desert that killed six, authorities said.
Coroner officials and a forensic anthropologist sifted through the charred rubble of two train cars that exploded into flames after a truck slammed into them on Friday.
No additional victims were found, and the search was set to continue on Monday.
Originally posted by John_Rodger_Cornman
didn't this happen on super 8 movie?
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Investigators piece together Nevada Amtrak crash
Amtrak train crash: Only one passenger now unaccounted for
Update at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday: Amtrak officials now say that only one passenger who was ticketed on the train that was hit by a semi-tractor trailer last Friday is unaccounted for.
Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman, also said they have new figures for the number of passengers on the train at the time of the crash. Originally they said 204 passengers were on the train. They've reset the count at 195.
Utahn died in Amtrak crash; lawsuit filed by attendant
RENO, Nev. — A Utahn was among the six people killed when a semi truck crashed into an Amtrak passenger train about 70 miles east of here Friday.
Nevada Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol Division said Tuesday that the Washoe County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 34-year-old Cheuy Ong, of West Jordan, Utah.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that an Amtrak train attendant has filed the first lawsuit over the crash.
Of the nine most seriously injured people aboard the train, one remained in serious condition and another in fair condition Tuesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Seven others have been discharged.
Having been a mechanic for over 30 years, I have yet to see diesel ignite without a heat and ignition source. Not to say it couldn't happen, but in this case, there doesn't appear to have been those circumstances. Again, I'm hoping witnesses can shed more light on it.
Passengers in the car hit said there was what amounted to a sheet of fire upon impact. That car was destroyed, and the following car heavily damaged. It should be noted that those cars do not have anything that would cause a firey explosion on impact, nor would the truck, a diesel. Diesel fuel will not explode in a sheet of flames, it must be heated to ignition point for that to happen.
The company issued a statement, saying it wished to express "deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to the family members and friends of those who lost their loved ones in the tragic accident of Friday, June 24. ... Please know that we recognize our moral and social obligation to find out how this accident happened, and we intend to cooperate with the authorities in their investigation."