It may take federal investigators more than a year to determine why a truck driver smashed into an Amtrak train in Nevada Friday, killing at least six people.
A National Transportation Safety Board team is investigating the collision, which occurred at a grade crossing on a rural highway about 70 miles east of Reno, Nev.
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A truck operated by John Davis Trucking, Battle Mountain, Nev., crashed through the crossing guard into the passenger train, destroying two passenger cars.
The name of the trucker, who was killed in the crash, was not released. The train’s conductor and at least five passengers died. More than 80 people were injured.
The Amtrak train was traveling from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., when the truck ran the crossing guard in clear weather at about 11:25 a.m. The train had about 200 passengers.
Investigators are trying to determine whether truck driver fatigue or inattention, as well as drugs or alcohol, played a role in the crash.
John Davis Trucking is a family-owned company that hauls ore from local mines, as well as gravel and sand and concrete, according to the carrier’s Web site.
According to news reports, the truck was pulling two empty gravel trailers.