Railroad worker files lawsuit after April train collision with tractor-trailer

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 9, 2011, 5:49pm

MARSHALL - A Kansas City Southern Railway worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he was injured during a train and tractor-trailer collision that occurred in April.

Reginald Hobley filed suit against The Kansas City Southern Railway Co., Frac Tech Services and Leonard Sigler on April 25 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

While working in the transportation department, Hobley states he was injured on April 18 due to a collision at a grade crossing. According to court documents, defendant Leonard Sigler failed to yield the right of way and drove his tractor-trailer onto the crossing, causing the collision with the locomotive.

Hobley's employer Kansas City Southern Railway is accused of negligence for failing to provide Hobley with a safe place to work, failing to safely inspect, repair and maintain, failing to warn, failing to establish and enforce proper safety procedures and failing to supervise and train employees.

Defendant Frac Tech Services and Leonard Sigler are accused of negligence for failing to keep and maintain a proper lookout, failing to properly stop clear of the tracks, look and listen, failing to heed relevant warning signs and signs and failing to avoid the wreck.

Further, the lawsuit argues the defendants are negligent for stopping on or improperly blocking the tracks, starting over the tracks before the path was clear, failing to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and failing to yield the right of way.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, lost earnings and benefits, physical impairment, medical expenses, disfigurement, interest and court costs.

Hobley is represented by Bristol Baxley and Jerry Easley of Rome, Arata & Baxley in Pearland. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00231

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