Tom Methvin, our firm’s managing shareholder, and his teenage son Slade were on an Amtrak train en route to California on a father-son outing when the train was struck by a tractor-trailer rig. The fiery crash killed at least six people and injured dozens more. Fortunately, Tom and Slade were not hurt. The driver for John Davis Trucking Co., based in Battle Mountain, Nev., failed to heed railroad warning signs and crashed into the westbound California Zephyr Amtrak train. There will be issues relating to training and supervision of the company’s drivers. The truck driver was killed along with the train’s conductor and at least four other people when the truck smashed through closed railroad arms and into the side of the California Zephyr. There were about 195 passengers and 14 crew members on board the train.
At press time, National Transportation Safety Board investigators and local authorities hadn’t determined why the driver ignored or failed to see signs and flashing lights and crashed into the train. According to skid marks found at the scene, the driver applied the brakes on his rig, which had an estimated weight of 50,000 pounds, 320 feet before the rail crossing. The visibility was clear and unobstructed. It will probably never be known why the truck driver either failed to see the train or failed to slow his truck in time to avoid a collision. The skid marks, more than a football field long, indicate a high speed approach by the truck driver.
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