Tractor Trailer Slams into Amtrak Train, Kills Six Passengers in Nevada

At least six people died when a tractor trailer hit an Amtrak train in Nevada.At least six people were killed when a tractor trailer reportedly skidded the length of a football field and crashed into an Amtrak passenger train in Churchill County, Nevada.

According to the New York Daily News, the 18-wheeler was leading a three-truck convoy on June 25 about 70 miles east of Reno when it hit the 10-car double-decker train carrying about 204 passengers.

The driver of the big rig, who has been identified as a Nevada man in his mid-40s, was among those killed in the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the train was traveling approximately 80 miles per hour when the conductor slammed on the emergency brakes to try to avoid a collision. The tractor trailer hit two of the train's cars, which reportedly then burst into flames.

The NTSB said that it appears as if the driver of the semi failed to see the flashing lights and signs as he approached the railroad crossing at U.S. 95 near Lovelock.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 243 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Nevada in 2009.