Man sues following tragic train track tragedy in Pennsylvania

Train tracks can have an allure about them. They lead to somewhere out of wherever we are. Trains have a similar allure. They come and go, with a certain amount of mystery carried with them as they pass through.

What is not a mystery, however, is that trains are dangerous. Walking alongside or across train tracks, no matter how quiet the area might seem at the time, can be a recipe for fatal disaster and tragedy. One Pennsylvania family man has learned that and is suing a freight line operator and his local fire department in a wrongful death lawsuit for failing to protect his family from the dangers of the tracks.

According to a Pittsburgh report, the sad accident happened in Derry in October 2009. The plaintiff’s wife and children were reportedly crossing a set of train tracks when an oncoming train caught them off-guard. The mother was able to get two of her kids out of the line of danger, but she and her youngest in his stroller couldn’t avoid the crash. They both didn’t survive their injuries.

Our source reports that yesterday, the mourning husband/father filed a wrongful death lawsuit in an attempt to seek some semblance of justice. He is suing the freight line operator and the fire department in Derry. He argues that the train operator didn’t do enough to avoid hitting his family and alerting them to its presence. The fire department is a target of the civil suit because the plaintiff thinks that an opening in a fence that allowed his family to get to the tracks should have been closed.

Sure, the average adult should understand that crossing train tracks is dangerous. But that isn’t stopping the plaintiff in this case from trying to move the blamed parties to work harder in order to help protect the community. It takes a consorted effort to create the safest community possible.


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Derry father files suit against freight operator,” Rich Cholodofsky, Aug. 3, 2011

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