When it became clear to the train’s engineer that the truck was not leaving the tracks, the engineer said he applied the locomotive’s emergency brake. However, the train was moving around 60 mph and was not able to slow in time to avoid a collision.
The train hit the left rear of the garbage truck at 35 mph, causing it to spin and hit a railroad signal next to the tracks.
Authorities said none of the people inside the truck were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and two people inside the truck were thrown out. One of the truck’s passengers died and the other passenger suffered serious injuries. The truck’s driver suffered minor injuries.
Officials said three Amtrak crew members and three train passengers also suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Authorities continue to investigate, although The Associated Press noted that their findings might have little impact on Naylor. The NTSB "does not have any enforcement authority," a spokesman for the agency told the AP.
“There is no legal action that can be taken by the board,” NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said.
Naylor continues to face civil suits brought by people who were on the Amtrak train at the time of the crash, the AP reported.