Judge Issues Order to Protect Amtrak Crash Evidence

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    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)

    A judge in Reno, Nev., handling the first lawsuit in a deadly Amtrak crash, has issued an order prohibiting the destruction or disposal of any evidence related to last week's fiery collision between a truck and a passenger train.

    Judge Connie Steinheimer approved the order Wednesday. It was requested by lawyers for an Amtrak employee who was injured when the driver of a semi-trailer truck slammed into the side of the train about 70 miles east of Reno on Friday.

    The truck driver and five people on the train died.

    The Chicago-based Amtrak employee, Alexandria Curtis, has filed a negligence suit against the driver's employer, John Davis Trucking Co. of Battle Mountain.

    Company officials say it is cooperating in the investigation.

     

     

    Video from KTVN, the CBS station in Reno

     

    This bottom-dumping gravel truck collided with an Amtrak train outside Reno, Nevada.

     

    The most seriously injured passengers were transported to hospitals by Blackhawk helicopters.