NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Opens Docket on Grade Crossing Accident in Nevada

September 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - As part of its continuing investigation into the June 2011 accident in which a truck struck a passenger train at a highway-rail grade crossing in the Nevada desert, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket.

On June 24, 2011, at 11:19 a.m. PDT, an Amtrak passenger train, the California Zephyr, was struck broadside by a truck tractor in combination with two side-dump trailers. As a result of the collision, the truck driver and five people on the train were killed.

The information released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. Included in the docket are 68 photographs, interview transcripts, maintenance records, vehicle inspection reports and other documents. The docket material is available at http://go.usa.gov/ruwP.

Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with a determination of probable cause, will come later this year when the final report on the investigation is completed.

This is a document release only. No interviews are being conducted.

NTSB Media Contact:
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.