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NTSB Continues to Investigate Deadly Amtrak Crash

Posted on July 13, 2011 to

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate last month’s deadly Amtrak crash that claimed the lives of six people so far. The accident occurred approximately 70 miles east of Reno, Nevada, when a truck apparently failed to stop and collided with the train, according to the NTSB.

The train’s engineer said he saw the truck approaching the railroad crossing and knew it was not going to stop. According to the engineer, the train was traveling approximately 78 mph when he activated the emergency brakes. It took the train about one half mile to come to a complete stop. An Amtrak spokesperson said two train cars caught fire upon impact with the truck.

Investigators discovered tire skid marks approaching the railroad crossing. An NTSB spokesperson said the gates and flashing lights at the crossing were in working condition, and visibility at the crossing was “excellent.”

Many of the injured passengers suffered blunt trauma, abrasions and internal injuries, according to a Renown Regional Medical Center spokesperson. There were several passengers unaccounted for, but the NTSB said that is likely due to passengers who purchase tickets but do not board or who de-board in different cities along the way.

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