Truck company in train wreck had citations

Posted June 26, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

 

SPARKS, Nev. — After a truck’s fiery collision with an Amtrak train that left at least six dead on Friday, The Associated Press has learned that the trucking company 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, Nev., smashed through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train Friday, killing the driver and five people on the train.  

Federal records reviews by the AP on Sunday show the Nevada Department of Public Safety cited the company for two crashes in the last two years, including one in February 2010 that injured a person in Washoe County.  

Meanwhile, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Sunday that officials for the Churchill County Coroner Office continued to sift through the rubble of two rail cars gutted by the fire that burned extremely hot. He said they have asked at least one forensic anthropologist to assist them late Sunday or Monday.  

“They want to figure out if there are any more bodies and if so, how many,” Allen said. “They want to rule out the possibility that yes there are more or that no, there are not.”  

Investigators also continued Sunday to look over the scene for any clues as to why the truck driver plowed through the railroad crossing. It’s expected to take up to a year to pinpoint the cause of the crash.  

LulzSec member says group is ‘bored’

NEW YORK — A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months says the group is dissolving itself, but not under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers.  

“We’re not quitting because we’re afraid of law enforcement,” the LulzSec member said in a conversation with The Associated Press over the Internet voice program Skype. “The press are getting bored of us, and we’re getting bored of us.”  

The group’s hacking has included attacks on law enforcement and releases of private data. It said unexpectedly on Saturday it was dissolving itself.  

He said the six-member group was still sitting on a considerable amount of stolen law enforcement files.  

Report: Global diabetes rate soaring

Nearly 10 percent of the world’s adults have diabetes, and the prevalence of the disease is rising rapidly, according to a new report. As in the United States and other wealthy nations, increased obesity and inactivity are the primary cause in such developing countries as India and in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

That’s the sobering conclusion of a study published Saturday in the journal Lancet that traces trends in diabetes and average blood sugar readings in about 200 countries and regions over the past three decades.

The study’s findings predict a huge burden of medical costs and physical disability ahead in this century, as the disease increases a person’s risk of heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and some infections.

Worldwide, the prevalence of diabetes in men older than 25 rose from 8.3 percent in 1980 to 9.8 percent in 2008. For women older than 25, it increased from 7.5 percent to 9.2 percent.

Karzai: Pakistan firing rockets into Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two eastern Afghan provinces over the past three weeks, a deadly rain of artillery that Afghan officials said killed 36 people, including 12 children.

The attacks came in areas of Kunar and Nangarhar provinces where NATO forces have withdrawn, and where Pakistani Taliban moved in behind fleeing civilians, Afghan border officials said.

Karzai indicated Pakistani government forces are responsible for the bombardment, and “they should be stopped immediately.” And “if they are not being carried out by Pakistan, Pakistan should make it clear who is behind the attacks,” he said in a statement issued by the presidential palace.

NATO reported, meanwhile, that five service members were killed in at least three insurgent attacks in western, southern, and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday. The international coalition gave no other details. The deaths bring to at least 53 the number of NATO service members killed in June, and to more than 200 the number this year.

On Saturday a suicide car bomber attacked a health clinic in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in  one of the deadliest attacks against civilians this year.

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