NTSB focuses on bad truck brakes in Amtrak crash

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Updated: 12/11/2012 12:33 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is focusing on faulty truck brakes as one of the probable causes of a fatal collision with an Amtrak train that left six people dead in northern Nevada.

Time-lapse photography presented to the panel Tuesday showed the guard crossing gate fully extended well before the fiery crash.

Federal experts determined earlier that a truck driver skidded nearly 300 feet before slamming into the side of the train at a rural crossing in June 2011, killing him, a crew member and four passengers.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said the driver had plenty of time to see the lights and gates before the train arrived. She also said the truck's brakes "were not properly maintained."

The California Zephyr bound from Chicago to Emmeryville, Calif., was three hours behind schedule when it left Salt Lake City.

 

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