Amtrak Accident Nevada
June 29, 2011 by staff
Amtrak Accident Nevada, Reno, Nevada • Workers in hazmat suits dug through the burned and twisted metal cars Monday at the scene of a terrible collision between a truck and an Amtrak train that new details emerged about the history of irregular handling of a man in the wheel truck.
Records of the Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that the Nevada truck driver Lawrence R. Valli, 43, of Winnemuca, received four violations since 2008, including three for driving a school bus speed limit in California over a period of 10 months.
National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener Valli said was “considerable speed” in an area of?? 70 miles per hour before the accident, adding that federal investigators were examining the truck wheels, tires and brakes for information on the exact speed and the truck’s braking capability.
Researchers are looking for clues about why the train was double-decker Amtrak train about 70 miles east of Reno, even as the step flashing lights approaching warned. At least six people were killed and some 20 injured.
One of the passengers remained unaccounted for, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, although researchers are not sure if the person was among the 195 passengers on the train at the time of the accident.
“Everything is blackened, the white and gray from the heat so that makes it very difficult to separate the human remains of others,” said Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, speaking from the accident site. “Instead of just pulling out bodies and trying to sort through them later, we are trying to take note of where they are and try to ensure all traces of collecting.”
The Nevada Highway Patrol on Monday released the names of two passengers who died – Francis Knox, 58, and adopted granddaughter, Karly Knox, 18, Seward, Nebraska
His pastor in Nebraska described the largest of Knox as a woman goes to the church, which was well known and was offered in youth ministry and a community center and the Civil Air Patrol. She and her granddaughter, who was known by friends as Annie, were taking a back relative to California, where the family once lived.
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