5 die, many hurt in Nevada as semi hits S.F. Bay Area-bound train

by Ben Hoffman

Federal transportation safety officials said numerous bodies remained onboard a Chicago-to-Emeryville Amtrak train in the Nevada desert after a gravel-hauling tractor-trailer rig slammed into it east of Reno at midday Friday.

The rig’s driver and a train conductor were among the five confirmed dead as of late Friday. Scores of victims were sent to hospitals with injuries, while as many as 45 remained unaccounted for, federal officials said.

The fiery collision happened on a lonely, windswept section of Highway 95 in the area of Lovelock, about 70 miles from Reno, at 11:24 a.m. Smoke from three burning cars on the 10-car train – which had 195 passengers onboard, according to state officials – could be seen for miles around. Confirmed dead were the truck driver – who is from a small county in eastern Nevada – a train conductor and at least three passengers. Read more…

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