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Truck brakes blamed in deadly Amtrak crash

Driver’s reactions also factored in Nev. accident

RENO — An inattentive trucker with a history of speeding violations who was driving a tractor-trailer with faulty brakes was the probable cause of a collision with an Amtrak train that left six people dead in Nevada last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

On a 5-0 vote, the panel also agreed that the weakness of passenger car walls probably contributed to the number of deaths and more than a dozen injuries after the truck skidded 300 feet into the train at a rural crossing on June 24, 2011. It recommended new strength standards be developed.

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