Saturday, June 25, 2011

Federal investigators on scene of Amtrak collision

(Reuters) Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday were at the scene of a crash between a tractor-trailer rig and an Amtrak train in Nevada, where authorities say more bodies may be found in the wreckage.
At least two people have been confirmed killed and dozens injured in the Friday morning collision at a crossing of U.S. Route 95 near the town of Lovelock, about 70 miles east of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.
A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said further fatalities may be discovered during a search of burned-out train cars that was awaiting arrival of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board.
"Preliminary reports are that there have been fatalities to passengers, an Amtrak train crew member and the operator of the truck," Amtrak said in a statement, which seemed to raise the death toll at four or more. Continued

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