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Sat., June 25, 2011, 3:30 a.m.

California Zephyr t-boned by truck…

California Zephyr truck wreck in Nevada
AP-Photo California Zephyr truck wreck in Nevada

Good morning, Netizens...


I've traveled by train numerous times, but one ride on the rails that sits in my mind as being beyond the exceptional is my ride on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville, California. Some may ask what makes this prolonged train trip so memorable for me? We could easily begin with the food service, for one, featuring a world-class dining car with a menu that will please even picky eaters.


The real kicker, however, is the excellent views out of the dome cars clear across the country, from the flatlands of the Midwest, through the mountains and into the Bay Area. The train route is such that you sleep during the boring parts of the trip, and are awake during the most beautiful parts of your trip.


That is except if you encounter a a gravel-hauling tractor-trailer rig which slammed into the train east of Reno at midday last Friday. At least five are reported dead as of this morning, including the truck driver and his passenger, a conductor and several passengers on the train. Nobody has explained yet why a tractor trailer slammed into the train in the middle of the Nevada desert.



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