Truck strikes Amtrak California Zephyr in Nevada

27th Jun 2011
Truck strikes Amtrak California Zephyr in Nevada

Preliminary reports are that there have been fatalities to passengers, an Amtrak train crew member and the operator of the truck. Information about the number of fatalities and those injured is pending from local authorities. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation at the incident location about 70 miles east of Reno.
Following medical evaluation and/or treatment, most passengers continued their travel west on chartered motorcoaches obtained by Amtrak or chose to make their own arrangements.
Amtrak is focused on taking care of our customers and employees while working with federal, state and local authorities. An Amtrak customer service team and Amtrak crew supervisors are in various locations to assist Amtrak customers and employees.
The California Zephyr (Trains 5 & 6) operates daily between Chicago and Emeryville, California. The train involved in this incident left Chicago on Wednesday, June 22. It was operating on tracks owned and maintained by Union Pacific Railroad. Approximately 204 passengers and 14 crew members were aboard at the time of the incident.


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