Railroad worker sues after train derailment

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 24, 2011, 7:16am

MARSHALL - A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he was injured during a train derailment.

Joe Ledwig filed suit against Union Pacific Railway Co. on Jan. 12 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The accident occurred on Dec. 15 as Ledwig was working as a brakeman on a Union Pacific train. He states he was injured when the train on which he was riding derailed.

Union Pacific is accused of failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work. Ledwig argues that the track was not in compliance with Union Pacific's own safety rules, industry standards and violated federal regulations.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, lost wages and benefits, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, physical impairment, interest and court costs.

Ledwig is represented by Sara Youngdahl, Ross Citti and Andres Pereira of Youngdahl & Citti in Houston.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00013

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