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Firm tied to rail crash had list of safety woes

A Nevada trucking company under scrutiny for a fiery crash with an Amtrak train that left at least six dead has been cited repeatedly by state authorities for crashes, unsafe driving and operating a truck with tires so bald the vehicle had to be taken off the road.

A driver working for John Davis Trucking Co. of Battle Mountain went through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train Friday, killing the driver and five people on the train. About 20 passengers were injured. Federal records reviews by the Associated Press on Sunday show the Nevada Department of Public Safety cited the company for two crashes in the last two years.

On Jan. 19, Nevada authorities found tires on one of the company's tractor-trailers were so bald the threads were exposed, and ordered it off the road.

In the last two years, Nevada authorities cited the company for 16 other vehicle maintenance violations, but no others were deemed serious enough to order the truck off the road.

The company also was cited for cargo violations that included prohibited hazardous material markings on packages one driver was carrying, records show.

The company did not immediately return a call or e-mail seeking comment Sunday.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Sunday that officials for the Churchill County Coroner Office are sifting through the rubble of two rail cars gutted by the fire.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said Sunday that of the train's manifest of more than 200 passengers, only five people remained unaccounted for.