At least six people died in a train accident in the Nevada desert, caused by a collision with a truck of gravel, it was learned from the Amtrak railroad and local police in the night from Saturday to Sunday.
The driver of the semi-trailer and a member of the team on the train were among the dead, said the sources.
The toll could rise, 24 people still missing, told the press Earl Weener, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Normally, 210 people were aboard the train, “The California Zephyr” operating between Chicago and Emeryville, California.
“If you look at the amount of damage to the train, you can understand why we don’t know yet how many people died,” an NTSB official told The Los Angeles Times.
Two train cars were set ablaze after the crash, threatening to tip over and it took more than half a day for relief to feel safe to move the scene and reach the victims. The accident occurred around 11:25 (6:25 p.m. GMT) Friday.
In addition, passengers on the list to save the train may ultimately not be embedded, while others could be down to a previous station, which complicates the investigation, said Weener.
According to preliminary, the truck has ignored the traffic lights and forced the barriers at an intersection with a highway about 112 km east of the town of Reno.