At Least 2 Dead After Truck Plows Into Amtrak Train

Fiery crash ensured; another 20 are injured

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2011 5:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – At least two people are dead after a semi-trailer smashed into an Amtrak train en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., today. The Chicago Tribune reports that the truck driver and at least one passenger were killed; another 20 or so were injured in the fiery crash. The truck apparently plowed into the train at a crossing on US 50. A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper says the crossing gates were working properly. A total of 218 people were on board.

In this photo provided by Ron Almgren.  passengers and Amtrak train staff are seen at the site of a collision between an Amtrak westbound train and a truck on  U.S. 95.
In this photo provided by Ron Almgren. passengers and Amtrak train staff are seen at the site of a collision between an Amtrak westbound train and a truck on U.S. 95.   (AP Photo/Ron Almgren)
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