You may recall the fiery crash in 2011 that occurred when a truck collided with an Amtrak train, killing 6 people including the driver of the truck and the train conductor. The controversial case is coming to a close after a jury has ordered the carrier to pay $4.7 million to Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad.
The case was fraught with controversy the whole way through. Lawyers for the carrier, John Davis Trucking Co, claimed that Union Pacific Railroad officials tampered with or destroyed evidence that proved that a malfunctioning crossing gate and signal lights were the cause of the crash.
In response, the railroad companies presented video evidence that they claimed proved that the driver ignored the functioning gate, flashing lights, and blasts from the train’s whistle before crashing in to the train.
The jury sided with the railroads after the NTSB released a report which concluded that the crash was most likely caused by a truck with faulty brakes driven by a driver with a history of speeding violations.
Despite an award of $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific, the companies are filing another lawsuit seeking interest on the money awarded which would bring the total ruling up to $5.5 million.
In addition to these lawsuits, John Davis Trucking Co still has to contend with separate lawsuits which have been brought against it by the relatives of those who died in the crash.
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