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Accident Report Detail

Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Collision US Highway 95

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn Friday, June 24, 2011, about 11:19 a.m. Pacific daylight time, a 2008 Peterbilt truck-tractor occupied by a 43-year-old driver was traveling north on US Highway 95 near Miriam, Nevada. The truck-tractor was pulling two empty 2007 side-dump trailers. As it approached an active highway-railroad grade crossing consisting of two cantilever signal masts with flashing lights and two crossing gate arms in the descended position, it failed to stop and struck the left side of Amtrak train no. 5, which was passing through the grade crossing from the northeast. The collision destroyed the truck-tractor and two passenger railcars. The train came to a stop without derailing; however, a fire ensued, engulfing two railcars and damaging a third railcar. The accident killed the truck driver, the train conductor, and four train passengers; 15 train passengers and one crewmember were injured.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determines that the probable cause of the Miriam, Nevada, accident was the truck driver's delayed braking and the failure of John Davis Trucking to adequately maintain the brakes on the accident truck. Contributing to the number of fatalities and the severity of injuries was insufficient passenger railcar side impact strength.

Accident Location: Miriam , NV    
Accident Date: 6/24/2011
Accident ID: HWY11MH012

Date Adopted: 12/11/2012
NTSB Number: HAR-12-03
NTIS Number: PB2013-103891