man whose truck caused a 1999 Amtrak derailment that killed 11 people has been
convicted of two felonies – driving too long at a time and falsifying his
crash also injured 122 others aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans about 50
miles southwest of Chicago.
R. Stokes, of Manteno, IL, was found guilty Aug. 11 by Circuit Judge Clark
Erickson of driving more than the maximum allowed l0 hours in a 24-hour period
and falsifying his logbook, The Associated Press reported.
63, was driving a truck loaded with more than 18 tons of steel when it ran into
the path of the train at a crossing on March 15, 1999. The collision derailed
the 79 mph train, destroying two locomotives and 11 of 14 train cars.
National Transportation Safety Board ruled that Stokes’ failure to heed
crossing signals and gates caused the accident. Investigators also said he had
gotten just three to five hours of sleep in the 38 hours before the accident.
faces a possible prison term of one to three years, The AP reported. His
sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 22.