The National Transportation Safety Board is focusing on faulty truck brakes as one of the probable causes of a fatal collision with an Amtrak train that left six people dead in northern Nevada.
Time-lapse photography presented to the panel Tuesday showed the guard crossing gate fully extended well before the fiery crash.
Federal experts determined earlier that a truck driver skidded nearly 300 feet before slamming into the side of the train at a rural crossing in June 2011, killing him, a crew member and four passengers.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said the driver had plenty of time to see the lights and gates before the train arrived. She also said the truck's brakes "were not properly maintained."
The California Zephyr bound from Chicago to Emmeryville, Calif., was three hours behind schedule when it left Salt Lake City. (AP)
Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the National Transportation and Safety Board's (NTSB) findings:
"I commend Robert Accetta and his team for their work," said Reid. "The findings of the NTSB investigation offer insight into the causes of the tragic collision that occurred last year in Miriam. Today, as we reflect on the accident, my thoughts go out to the family and friends of those individuals who lost their lives in the collision and to those who were injured. The recommendations set forth today by NTSB will go to improve transportation safety and I look forward to receiving a full briefing on the investigation's findings in the near future."
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