Officials confirm 6 dead in Nevada Amtrak crash

June 26, 2011 - 1:45 AM
Amtrak Truck Crash

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 about 4 miles south of Interstate 80 on Friday, June 24, 2011, 70 miles east of Reno, Nev. The truck driver and one person on the train were killed said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez. An unknown number of other people on the train were injured and were being taken by ambulances to the hospital. (AP Photo/Ron Almgren)

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada sheriff says six fatalities have been confirmed a day after a semi-truck slammed into an Amtrak passenger train on a rural highway.

The Churchill County Sheriff's Office said in a release late Saturday that officials were working to confirm the victims' identities.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez said earlier that the truck driver and an Amtrak conductor were among the confirmed dead in the crash.

The train was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., with some 200 passengers Friday morning when the big rig plowed into one of its cars.

Earl Weener (WAY'-nur), of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that about 28 people remained unaccounted for, but added that some passengers may have gotten off the train before the accident or been able to leave the scene and not informed authorities.