KAYAKER DIES IN SHASTA COUNTY CREEK: REDDING (AP) — Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shelbi Danielle Arno was paddling downstream on Sunday through a fairly rough stretch of Clear Creek near Redding when her kayak turned sideways.
Shasta County Deputy Coroner Billy Cobb says the vessel flipped over as she was attempting to straighten herself out and was pushed against a rock. Her companion was able to free the kayak, but Arno floated downstream and out of sight before becoming wedged in rocks.
Her body was recovered the next day by crews who had to rappel down a 500-foot cliff.
Sheriff's officials say she was wearing safety equipment, and there are no indications of negligence.
BAD TRUCK BRAKES BLAMED FOR NEVADA AMTRAK CRASH: RENO, Nev. (AP) — An inattentive trucker with a history of speeding violations driving a tractor-trailer with faulty brakes was the probable cause of a fatal collision with an Amtrak train that left six people dead in northern Nevada last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.
On a 5-0 vote, the panel also agreed that the weakness of passenger car walls likely contributed to the number of deaths and more than a dozen injuries after the truck skidded 300 feet into the train at a rural crossing on June 24, 2011. It recommended new strength standards be developed.
NTSB investigators said the truck driver apparently didn't notice the train because he was fatigued as a result of inconsistent sleeping patterns, was suffering from ankle pain or possibly could have been checking messages on his cellphone. But the panel decided there wasn't enough evidence of any of those things to include in the formal probable cause finding issued during a hearing in Washington.