NTSB Releases Records on Deadly Amtrak-Truck Crash
Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board
The NTSB released more records Friday on last year's deadly Amtrak-truck accident near Fallon.
It says data from the train's event data recorder and video recorder are still being analyzed at the NTSB's recorder labatory in Washington. The cell phone believed to belong to 43-year-old truck driver Lawrence Valli was found near the scene and is also being examined at the same lab.
Authorities say Valli was killed when the 2008 Freightliner gravel truck he was driving collided with the left side of the Amtrak on U.S. Highway 95 near the I-80 Trinity exit. Two passenger cars caught fire.
Troopers have previously said evidence indicated Valli applied his brakes, but just didn't stop in time and hit the double-decker passenger car. Authorities said railroad crossing equipment was working at the time of the 11:30am accident.
An Amtrak crew member and four train passengers also died in the crash.
The NTSB report does not address the cause of the crash or make any recommendations. Those will come at a later date.
A NTSB spokesman says the federal board is expected to hold a hearing to review the investigative findings by the end of the year, though no date has been set.
Amtrak says 204 passengers and 14 crew members were aboard the train. The California Zephyr was heading from Chicago to Emeryville, California.
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