An Amtrak Train, headed to Emeryville, California from Chicago, Illinois, was struck last night by a semitrailer truck near Reno, Nevada in a tragic truck versus train accident. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Amtrak train accident in Nevada killed four people, including the driver of the truck, and over 20 people had to be taken to hospitals.
According to witnesses, the driver of the truck apparently tried to stop before colliding with the side of the train, but was unable to do so in time. Witnesses also reported that the warning gates and lights at the crossing were working at the time of the Nevada Amtrak train accident.
It is unknown at this time why the big rig truck driver was unable to stop before colliding with the Amtrak train, but possible reasons could be malfunctioning brakes, inattentive driving, lack of visibility, or speeds that were just unsafe for conditions.
The passenger train was carrying 204 passengers and 14 crew members at the time of the Amtrak train crash in Nevada. The National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of investigating the reason for the train crash injuries and deaths.
Injury victims of the truck v. train accident in Nevada will likely make a personal injury claim against the truck driver and trucking company, who will likely have a commercial insurance liability policy to cover in case of such an accident. Also, the families of those killed should make a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved ones in this tragic Nevada train crash.
Injured passengers and the families of those killed should immediately contact a personal injury attorney who can help them recover what is rightfully owed to them for the damages they have incurred, including wrongful death damages. Our personal injury law office is always available for a free consultation, and our attorneys are available toll free at 1-866-INJURY-2 [1-866-465-8792].