HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing transportation companies, alleging their negligence caused him injuries. 

Joe-Anthony Rios filed a complaint Feb. 22 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Watco Companies, Inc., Watco Transportation Services, LLC and Watco Dock and Rail, LLC, alleging failure to provide employees with a reasonably safe place to work.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 31, while employed as brakeman on a switching crew by the defendants, Rios was run over by three Union Pacific Railroad Company locomotives that were hooked together as he was crossing the main lead, amputating his legs below his knees. As a result, Rios says he suffered physical injuries and emotional pain for the rest of his life, loss of earnings and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to issue audible warnings from the locomotive, failed to properly train employees, failed to properly supervise its agents and allowed unsafe work practices to become the standard work practices.

Rios seeks trial by jury, actual damages, post-judgment interest, court costs and such other relief to which plaintiff may be entitled to under the law. He is represented by attorneys Kevin M. Camp and Robert M. Tramuto of Jones Granger in Houston, and by Kelly E. Cook and Brad T. Wyly of Wyly & Cook PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:17-cv-00583

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