Amtrak is suing a Nevada trucking company for negligence in the hiring of a driver who drove a semi-trailer truck into the side of a passenger train last week in a fiery crash that killed six and injured more than 20.
A judge handling the first lawsuit in a deadly Amtrak crash in Nevada issued a protective order Wednesday prohibiting the destruction or disposal of any evidence tied to last week’s fiery collision.
Robert Hill’s mind keeps returning to one image from the smoke-filled Amtrak passenger car: the elderly woman he tried, again and again, to coax down from the upper deck after he escaped the burning train.
Investigators struggled to piece together how a truck driver who plowed into an Emeryville-bound Amtrak train in the Nevada desert failed to notice crossing gates and blinking lights.
The Nevada trucking company that owned the truck involved in Friday’s deadly collision with an Amtrak train, has been cited for two crashes in the last two years.