Judge denies sanctions for rail companies over 2011 Nevada Amtrak-semi crash that killed 6

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RENO, Nev. – A state judge has found no proof two rail companies tampered with evidence after a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train collided in 2011, killing six people and injured dozens in northern Nevada.

Washoe County District Judge Scott Freeman, in a ruling handed down late Thursday, denied a motion for sanctions against Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad.

Lawyers for John Davis Trucking Co. asked Freeman to punish the rail companies, claiming they tampered with a gate-crossing arm and a video to make it appear its driver was to blame.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/1e2tMsM ) that Freeman ruled the allegations are based on “mere conjecture and speculation.”

His ruling stems from a consolidation of about 20 lawsuits filed by victims against all three companies.

The companies also have sued each other in federal court.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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