You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Nation

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.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week