The trucking company whose driver was allegedly at fault in an accident with an Amtrak train that resulted in the death of six people including the driver of the truck is claiming that Union Pacific Railroad (UP), the company responsible for maintaining the train tracks, deliberately altered or destroyed evidence in an attempt to make it appear that the truck driver was at fault.
According to John Davis Trucking Co, their driver was not an “inattentive” driver who failed to notice safety signs at a rail crossing as an NTSB report claimed, but rather than UP failed to properly maintain the crossing warning gates which, as a result, were not working.
Lawyers for John Davis Trucking are saying that they have new information which supports their claim that UP altered or destroyed evidence at the scene and told officials that the alleged crime should result in an investigation by prosecutors over whether UP obstructed a federal investigation.
The information included interviews with several UP workers which indicated that Ken Hunt, UP’s senior official, may have been responsible for changing evidence or ignoring a mandate from the NTSB that would have prevented anything at the scene of the accident from being changed or removed.
In response to the new evidence, the U.S. Magistrate Judge presiding over the initial case has decided to postpone a hearing until the court can question Hunt.
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