Fatal Amtrak Accident
June 27, 2011 by USA Post
Fatal Amtrak Accident, The trucking company involved in a devastating crash with big rig an Amtrak passenger train was cited for 17 violations in 24 months of maintenance, an online check of records showed up on Sunday.
Details also began to emerge about the victims in the accident, including an assistant director of Elk Grove, who was injured. Six people were found dead after a driver working for John Davis Trucking hit the brakes, then slid 320 meters before crashing into Amtrak’s California Zephyr at 11:25 pm on Friday at a crossing in a remote area of?? Eastern of Nevada, Reno.
The truck driver who died in the accident was a 43-year-old Winnemucca, Nevada His identity was not released, pending notification of his family.
An Amtrak official said on Sunday that five of the passengers on the train’s manifest were still missing.
The Medical Examiner’s Office Washoe County, which handles the deaths from the accident Churchill County, did not publish the identities of the victims of Sunday afternoon.
However, the United Transportation Union identified one of the deceased on their website as a driver, UTU Local 166 members Laurette Lee, 68, of South Lake Tahoe.
An assistant director – Local 166 members of Richard D’Alessandro, 49, of Elk Grove – injured, according to his niece, Michelle Childs of Elk Grove. She said her right hand was burned and is expected to leave the hospital today.
Nine people were taken to Regional Medical Center popularity in Reno, where a spokesman said Sunday that one of the victims was in critical condition, one in serious condition and a third was in good condition. Six others had been discharged.
Injuries suffered in the accident involve injury, fractures, abrasions, lacerations and internal organ injuries, according to the medical center.
In total, 20 people were taken to area hospitals.
Around 194 passengers and 14 crew were aboard the train, headed from Chicago to Emeryville in the Bay Area, according to Amtrak.
Check bee safety record of John Davis Trucking, based in Battle Mountain, Nevada, featured a series of violations, most of them related to maintenance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety website Administration Department of Transportation U.S. showed two of dangerous driving violations in the past 24 months, besides the 17 violations of maintenance.
Four of the 17 violations were related to problems with braking systems. Two quotes from others involved tires.
On Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said the NTSB has conducted 19 spot checks on road trucks of the company since last September.
That resulted in seven citations for safety, but only one of the violations needs to take a truck off the road, Weener said.
He said several teams of investigators from the NTSB would visit the offices of the transport company on Tuesday to review their records, as well as the driver.
Weener said all traffic signals are functioning properly at the time of the accident and the train signals should have been visible to the driver of a mile away.
A full investigation into the cause of the fatal crash could take more than a year, he said.
The John Davis Trucking executives did not return calls Sunday.
Founded in the 1970′s, John Davis Trucking is a family business that specializes in transporting sand, gravel and mineral mines. According to its website, the company owns or leases more than 100 dump trucks.
Over the weekend, up to 28 people on the train’s manifest were considered missing. But Amtrak officials reduced the number of missing five Sunday nights. Many people who bought tickets could not have boarded the train or may have landed in a previous stop.
The union said many of the injured were trapped inside two burning cars.
Two truck drivers behind the big truck was powerless, together with a railway engineer, as the big truck hit crossing gates and two double-decker cars Amtrak train at a crossroads.
The union national legislative director called the clash of “confirmation that the only safe level crossing is a crossing that has been separated (from road traffic) or closed.”
“Until we adopt the values?? Of non-interstate highway grade crossings, these accidents will continue,” said the director of United Transportation Union mother of James.
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