The widow of a truck driver killed in an Amtrak clash filed a wrongful death litigation

The widow of a man who was killed when there was a truck he was driving I was hit by an Amtrak train This week, he filed a wrongful death lawsuit. In the proceedings, Erin Burton argues that the Missouri railroad crossing, where Billy Dean Barton II died, was “super-dangerous,” partly because the defendants were unable to maintain the intersection.

The first of the two defendants is Mariano Rodriguez, manager of the engineering department of BNSF Railway. Rodriguez said he was responsible for ensuring “safety, proper inspection and maintenance” of railroad crossings near Mendon.

However, the widow has other obstacles such as the “obstructed” triangle of view “”, “excessively small intersection angle”, and “sloping approaches, brushes, trees, and vegetation obstructing the panoramic view of the approach”. The reason is that he did not claim to do so. Train in some quadrants. “The surface of the intersection was narrow, rough and poorly maintained,” she said.

A photo of an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri.  & Nbsp; / Credits: Ron Goulet

A photo of an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri. / Credit: Ron Goulet

In addition, there were no “bells, gates, or lights” at the intersection to warn the vehicle that a train was approaching. There was only a crossback or sign indicating that the track was nearby.

“These conditions at the intersection created a very dangerous intersection,” the proceedings said, adding that the conditions had been such for years.

The proceedings quoted the fact that it would take a considerable amount of time (perhaps up to a mile) for the train to stop completely. “This fact makes it important for intersections to be properly guarded, inspected and maintained for safety,” he says.

Given the safety concerns of these allegations, Rodriguez “knew or should have known that the Porsche intersection poses a serious danger to the public,” the proceedings said.

On June 27, the proceedings alleged that these failures culminated in fatal clashes and derailments. Erin Burton’s husband was driving a dump truck at the intersection and “did not see or hear the train with the proper warnings to safely cross the railroad tracks.”

The crash killed him and three others on a train carrying 275 passengers and 12 crew members from Los Angeles to Chicago. Many others were injured in this incident.

Erin Burton is seeking $ 25,000 and prejudiced interest on the costs incurred from filing the proceedings.

She is also suing Shariton County, Missouri, where the crash took place, for the same compensation. The proceedings allege that the county did not meet its obligations to properly design, inspect and maintain roads, including approaches to intersections. The county also violates some road standards.

Prior to the accident, residents had reported some problems to the county road authorities at the intersection, the proceedings said. Therefore, the proceedings allege that the county is aware of the problem and that its negligence was “caused or directly contributed” to Burton’s death.

This is the first reported proceeding filed as a result of the crash. Another law firm said in a CBS News statement that more than 10 derailed victims, including the families of dead men, hired lawyers “to represent their interests.”

Chairman Jennifer Homendy said Wednesday that 16 National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash. They download the train event recorder and examine the train’s two forward-looking cameras and the electronic control module of the dump truck.

She said the NTSB has recommended “for years” to convert, close, or integrate passive intersections such as near Mendon into active intersections. She also pointed out in a 1998 NTSB survey that it recommended that vehicles be equipped with technology that warns drivers about trains in the area.

Amtrak Monday night said He added that knowing the dead was “deeply sad” and was cooperating with local governments.

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