Evanston Woman Sues Over Reno Train Crash

A train attendant files a lawsuit against the truck driver who reportedly caused a deadly train accident in Nevada

By Sandra Torres
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:54 AM CDT
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Evanston Woman Sues Over Reno Train Crash

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An Evanston woman filed the first lawsuit in connection with last week's Amtrak crash in Nevada.

Alexandra Curtis was working as an attendant on the train heading to Emeryville, Calif., from Chicago, when a semi rammed through the railroad crossing gates and hit the train last Friday afternoon.

Six people were killed, and 20 others were injured, including Curtis.

The lawsuit filed by a firm in Chicago alleges negligence on the part of the truck driver, Lawrence Valli, 43, who had a history of traffic violations.

Curtis is seeking more than $10,000 in damages and an unspecified amount for medical costs from the crash, according to the law firm.

Federal prosecutors have said it could take about a year to determine the cause of the accident.

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