Lovelock, Nevada (PressExposure) June 25, 2011 -- Another 70 people were injured in the Amtrak train accident that occurred around 11:25 a.m., and at least two of them are in critical condition, according to reports from various news outlets. A Nevada State trooper stated the driver of the truck died in the crash, and other reports state the conductor of the train also died.
The train has significant damage, and rescue personnel are examining the wreckage to locate and account for everyone. Other injured people have already been taken to area hospitals to be treated.
According to the spokesman for Amtrak, Marc Magliari, the California Zephyr that was traveling from Chicago to Emeryville, California had 204 passengers on board and 14 crewmembers.
One of the passengers, Jim Bickley, stated to news reporters that the semi struck the train's fourth car, and two of the train's cars caught fire. Other reports state the truck was a side-dump gravel transport truck.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the scene, at look into details such as the driving and medical records of the truck driver, as well as look at autopsy reports to see if drugs were involved. They will also determine if the railroad lights and crossing gates were operating properly.
This is a huge tragedy, and we offer our sincere condolences to everyone affected by this accident.
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