Skip to comments.Truck Hits Sacramento-Bound Amtrak Train; 2 Dead
Posted on 06/25/2011 12:02:28 AM PDT by red flanker
CHURCHILL COUNTY, Nev. -- At least two people were killed and about 20 others were injured in a fiery collision between a Sacramento-bound Amtrak train and a semitrailer on a rural northern Nevada highway.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez said the truck driver and one person on the train were killed in the 11:25 a.m. Friday accident about 70 miles east of Reno.
He says an unknown number of other people on the train were injured and are being taken by ambulances to the hospital.
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I think it was ABC Radio that sain the truck driver might be at fault. She must not know how big a train is. Everyone who hits a train is at fault.
Can someone tell me how many more people would have been killed if this were a high speed train that most liberals want including Zero??Just wondering.
Unless the truck stalled on the tracks, you are almost certainly correct.
It’s not like people don’t know where the trains are going to be.
Well, it’s not like the engineer can get a train to hop the tracks and aim it at somebody.
Note: Video included.
“Amtrak-truck crash kills 2, injures 20 in Nevada”
Updated at 12:37 AM today
By Leslie Brinkley
SNIPPET: “EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KGO) — A fiery crash happened in rural Nevada after a semi plows into an Amtrak train. At least two people are dead and dozens injured. More than 200 people were on that train. Passengers on-board from Chicago arrived in Sacramento a little over an hour ago. They got off a bus and onto a train, bound for Emeryville.
Emeryville was the final destination for train No. 5, the California Zephyr, but then the unexpected happened Friday morning before that train even got to Reno.
Flames engulfed several passenger cars on the Amtrak train after a big rig truck struck the westbound California Zephyr around 11:30 a.m. at a crossing 60 miles east of Reno. Some passengers were trapped inside as smoke from the burning cars soared into the blue desert sky. There were 204 passengers and 14 crew members were on board the train going from Chicago to Emeryville and the crash happened without warning.”
Real high speed trains have no grade crossings.
Thank you for the photos and the article link csvset.
I’m going to take some quotes from the article.
“5 die many hurt as semi hits Bay Area-bound train”
by Jaxon Van Derbeken, Kevin Fagan,Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writers
Saturday, June 25, 2011
SNIPPET: “Federal transportation safety officials said numerous bodies remained onboard a Chicago-to-Emeryville Amtrak train in the Nevada desert after a gravel-hauling tractor-trailer rig slammed into it east of Reno at midday Friday.
The rig’s driver and a train conductor were among the five confirmed dead as of late Friday. Scores of victims were sent to hospitals with injuries, while as many as 45 remained unaccounted for, federal officials said.”
SNIPPET: “”We’re all wondering how in the world this could happen,” said Kurt Althof, spokesman for Careflight helicopter ambulance, which flew two women with serious injuries to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. “There is absolutely nothing on that highway. It’s just desert. How a truck could go into a train like that out there is just bizarre.”
The train was the California Zephyr, which had originated in Chicago. It was due to arrive in Emeryville at 4:10 p.m., with 14 crew members onboard.”
I know! Bizarre.
“Feds Look Into Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Amtrak Crash”
Published June 25, 2011
SNIPPET: “Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez said the gates and warning lights were working. Witnesses told authorities that the truck didn’t seem to attempt to stop at the crossing when it crashed through the gate. The driver was the sole occupant of the semi, which was hauling two empty gravel trailers.”
I had a feeling those radical Amish would be involved!
Since we don’t have HSR in this country that is an easy statement to make. If you are referring to HSR in other countries then having such limitations certainly puts a kink in the available routes unless road bridges are built for EVERY happenstance of crossing which further escalates the cost. Just how many farmers in fly over country are going to get excited about that possibility?
Did the truck hit the train, or the horses that were pulling it?
What’s the name of the driver? What’s his background? Will the government tell us?
I have a gut feeling that this was a deliberate attempt to crash the train, I just woke up and even before I turned on the news or even the puter I knew that some form of terrorist attack was going or had already happened.
And I believe that this story will be whitewashed to death about it NOT being a terrorist attack, with all the scrutiny at truckers with dangerous loads who would look twice at a gravel truck?
And I would keep an eye on any other similar events across the country. Its already been proved that terrorists are hoping for a Jihaad movement to be initiated across America.
well - if it was movin faster it wuda been past the accident site.............
In Texas, the majority of gravel trucks are driven by illegal aliens from Mexico who frequently try to beat trains at railroad crossings. Sometimes they lose.
Well if that's the case then the authorities will do everything they can to make sure we don't find out much about him, and the story will fade away quickley. They will also make sure (if he's illegal) that he doesn't get deported.
Still no ID on the driver. And there’s a new take this morning: Distracted driving was responsible for the accident.
NO! That information, according to Janet Napolitano, will only add to your Islamophobia! Therefore, she isn't going to release anything about the deceased driver.
“Can someone tell me how many more people would have been killed if this were a high speed train that most liberals want including Zero??Just wondering.”
Actually zero, because high-speed tracks have to be separated. Grade crossings are the principal reason why we can’t have high-speed rail in this country.
NO cheers, unfortunately.
Someone ought to call the trucking company and get the driver logs to see who was assigned to that truck.
Gravel = heavy = momentum. Would be consistent with wanting to derail a passenger train.
Shall we coin the word "Islaimkaze?" NO cheers, unfortunately.
If this was a plain, old suicide, there's a lot more freight trains than passenger trains.
The driver was the sole occupant of the semi, which was pulling two empty gravel trailers.
Yeah, right. “Distracted.” That’s the second-day rewrite.
The reality is s large, heavy truck purposely crashed through guardrails to hit the center of a moving train. There was no “trying to beat the train before it crossed the tracks.” This driver intentionally aimed for the center passenger cars and that’s what he hit.
People should demand to know the name of the driver.
From the pictures, that looks like it was at the junction of US-95 (coming north across the 40 mile desert) out of Fallon and I-80.
Basically a whole lotta nuthin’ there other than alkaline flats and rabbitbrush.
Emeryville was the final destination for train No. 5, the California Zephyr,It's sacrilege to call that thing the California Zephyr.
A Zephyr is just a breeze from the west or western wind.
And still no ID on the driver?
A Zephyr is just a breeze from the west or western wind."The California Zephyr" Was a now famous Western Pacific passenger tain with dome cars that traveled from Oakland Ca. to Chicago Il. through the scenic California Feather River Canyon before the Oroville dam was built.
There is even a replica if not a real passenger car on display at Disneyland in Anaheim Ca. with the Zephyr name plate.
To go even farther, my dad was a conducter on the Zephyr in the late 50's...I rode the Zephyr through the Feather River Canyon and the central valley from Keddie Ca. to Stockton Ca. in the late 50's
It sounds like many more dead most likely. And it seems very possible it wasn’t accidental.
hit in the middle of the train, looks like it is a terror attack.
They know who the truck driver was. So where's the rest of the information on him?
This photo was taken by a passenger. The truck hit the fourth car - the second passenger car following two engines.
No idea. The article mentioned it is a wide open stretch of highway. Locals mentioned it would have been very hard to not have seen the train.
That's all I know from reading the sfgate article.
The driver did attempt to stop.
I see only two possibilities: 1) the driver fell asleep and it was fluke accident, or 2) the collision was intentional. You don't hit the fourth car back if you're just an idiot trying to beat the train.
A wee bit more info about the accident:
If that's true, he may have fallen asleep at the wheel and woke up too late to stop.
Must have had the rig really hooked up if he skidded for 200 feet. Wonder if the trailer brakes were working.
200’ skid marks. I would have guessed that a tractor at high speed pulling two empty gravel trailers would have jack-knifed before crossing the tracks.
So the truck driver was braking but wonder if he was timing for the passenger cars. After September 11 attacks, I remember the investigative accounts of terrorists struggling to keep the airliners under control while lining up to hit the Pentagon and Trade Towers.
Bumping in agreement with your post no. 44.
When the news was breaking, there was no mention of skid marks, but that’s the nature of breaking news.
Nitehawk, I don’t consider myself liberal but I’d much prefer high speed rail to messing around being irradiated by TSA goons and dealing with the frustrating airlines, weather, their fragile computers, and their nickel and dime fees for intermediate range trips. As someone else said, high speed rail requires that there be no crossings.
The constant fear and talk about terrorism is just the frame of mind that they want us to be kept perpetually in, afraid of our own shadow and willing to hand over the Constitution and controls to TSA type goons and spend all of our treasury making the Chertoff’s rich, and impossibly covering every contingency.
The driver was probably distracted by texting or something, or he fell asleep. If he was hauling gravel he probably wasn’t one of the Mexican drivers that the big trucking companies now want to saturate America with. We need to know more.
It was pointed out to me by another kind poster that the driver was killed. Graveyard shift is killing me and I'd better get off of it soon. LOL!