DNA to be Used to ID Final Victim of Amtrak Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say they will use DNA to identify what they think is the sixth and final victim of a crash between a big-rig truck and an Amtrak passenger train in Nevada.

Remains of the California Zephyr from fatal train crash in Fallon.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say they will use DNA to identify what they think is the sixth and final victim of a crash between a big-rig truck and an Amtrak passenger train in Nevada.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen says the DNA will be sent to a crime laboratory for identification because the passenger's body was burned beyond recognition.

Federal investigators are expected to wrap up work at the scene early next week. They're seeking to determine why truck driver Lawrence Valli slammed into the Amtrak train some 70 miles east of Reno even as the crossing's warning lights warned him it was approaching. He and at least five people on the train were killed and about 20 were injured in the June 24 accident.

Five of the victims have been identified.


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