Nevada truck firm could pay $5.5M+ in Amtrak crash

Published: September 17, 2014

RENO, Nev. – A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that faulted one of its drivers for a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.

A federal jury in Reno awarded $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad for damages resulting from John Davis Trucking Co.’s negligence when one of its trucks slammed into the side of a passenger train at a rural crossing 70 miles east of Reno.

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(SMART Transportation Division member Laurette Lee, 68, of Local 166 at Salt Lake City was killed in the crash.)