Spotty record for truck company in Amtrak crash

June 27, 2011 (CHICAGO)

The accident happened Friday near Trinity, Nevada after the train departed from Chicago.

Bill Mooney of suburban Northfield tells ABC7 that he was among the 200 passengers on the train. Photos he provided give new insight into the chaos and aftermath at the crash scene, located about 70 miles east of Reno.

The trucking company involved has a history of citations. Federal documents indicate a spotty record for John Davis Trucking, now under scrutiny in the deadly crash. The company, based in Battle Mountain, Nevada has been cited previously for crashes, unsafe driving, and operating a truck with tires so bald that vehicles were taken off the road.

Investigators say the driver working for John Davis Trucking drove a truck through a Nevada desert crossing gate and slammed into two double-decker Amtrak train cars.

The truck driver was killed along with five people on the train that left Chicago last week for San Francisco.

Another five passengers were still unaccounted for Monday.

Federal investigators are examining what remains of the truck tractor.

Toxicology test results on the truck driver are due in a few days.

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