Truck firm faces paying millions in Amtrak crash

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada trucking company would pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict finding one of its drivers caused a 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.

A federal jury awarded $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad for damages resulting from John Davis Trucking Co.'s negligence when its truck slammed into the train at a rural crossing 70 miles east of Reno.

U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben has put the judgment on hold until Sept. 29 to consider adding up to another $1 million or more in attorney fees and interest to the award to the railroad companies.

The truck driver and five people on the train were killed in the crash.