Driver Of Truck In Amtrak Accident Identified

   RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified the driver of a truck that crashed into an Amtrak passenger car in Nevada, killing himself and five people aboard the train.

   The Nevada Highway Patrol said Monday that 43-year-old Lawrence R. Valli of Winnemuca was killed when his semitrailer slammed into the side of the car Friday at a highway crossing about 70 miles east of Reno.

   The NHP also released the names of two passengers who were killed — 58-year-old Francis Knox and her 18-year-old daughter, Karly Knox, of Seward, Neb.

   The NHP says authorities are still trying to identify other victims and their names will be released as soon as possible.

   Amtrak’s California Zephyr was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., with 204 passengers and 14 crew members when the accident happened.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • John


  • Sad

    Yes, this was a Horrible Tragedy…..

    I just saw the movie “Super 8” the night before this happened, and was pretty close when the accident occurred, and it kind of freaked me out a bit…

    My heart goes out to all who were on board, and to the families of the lost…


  • Mace

    Horrifying…this guy gives truckers a really bad name!!! All the lives lost is just senseless. My prayers to these people. If any insensitive truck driver has anything smart to say…DROP DEAD!

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