No retrial for trucking company ordered to pay Amtrak $4.5 million

| Friday, January 29, 2016

In Nevada, a federal judge has refused to grant a new trial for a trucking company that was ordered to pay $4.5 million to Amtrak following a fatal collision.

A John Davis Trucking Co. tractor-trailer crashed into a passenger train north of Reno in 2011, killing six people including the truck driver.

Jurors concluded the truck driver was mainly to blame and awarded the damages to Amtrak.

In asking for a new trial, the trucking company lawyers argued the jury should have been instructed to consider evidence that a faulty signal and crossing gate may have contributed to the crash.

The judge said the company received a fair trial and doesn’t deserve a retrial.

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