Train conductors sue Gulfmark Energy, trucker after collision at crossing

David Yates Aug. 1, 2012, 6:21am


A pair of train conductors are suing a trucker and his employer after their train smashed into a tractor-trailer at a railroad crossing.

Chase Echols and Patrick Horn filed suit against Gulfmark Energy and Ronnie Tyrone on July 27 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on June 6 the plaintiffs were working as conductors aboard a train traveling in Liberty County when Gulfmark employee Tyrone failed to stop and yield at a railroad crossing and was struck.

The collision resulted in the trailer erupting in fire and causing injuries to the plaintiffs, the suit states.

Gulfmark is charged with negligent entrustment for entrusting the tractor-trailer to Tyrone. The company is also accused of negligently failing to train and supervise Tyrone.

Both defendants are faulted for violating industry standards in their operation of a commercial motor vehicle in and around railroad crossings.

In addition to punitive damages, the plaintiffs are suing for their alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Friendswood attorney Clint McGuire of the Law Firm of Alton C. Todd represents the plaintiffs.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-747

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