US After SC train crash, wife of conductor sues Amtrak, CSX Corp

04:05  09 february  2018
04:05  09 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp , the Florida Times-Union reported. FILE PHOTO: Emergency responders are at the scene after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train

The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp , the Florida Times-Union reported. Conductor Michael Cella and engineer Michael Kempf were killed in the Sunday crash between a New York-to-Miami

a train engine carrying carts down a track: Emergency responders are at the scene after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train and derailed in Cayce, South Carolina © REUTERS/Randall Hill Emergency responders are at the scene after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train and derailed in Cayce, South Carolina

The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Conductor Michael Cella and engineer Michael Kempf were killed in the Sunday crash between a New York-to-Miami Amtrak passenger train and an unoccupied CSX freight train.

Cella's widow, Christine Cella, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Duval County, Florida, where the couple lived, the newspaper reported, citing Cella's attorney.

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(Reuters) – The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp , the Florida Times-Union reported. Conductor Michael Cella and engineer Michael Kempf were killed in the Sunday crash between a

(Reuters) - The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp , the Florida Times-Union reported. Conductor Michael Cella and engineer Michael Kempf were killed in the Sunday crash between a New

On Sunday, Amtrak blamed the crash on CSX, which owns and operates the portion of the tracks where a switch was padlocked in a position that led to the collision between the passenger train and the stationary freight train. In addition to the two killed, more than 100 people were injured.

Reuters was not able to immediately reach Cella's attorney or view a copy of the lawsuit.

Amtrak declined to comment on pending litigation and said it would respond in court. Representatives for CSX were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Editing by Patrick Enright and Cynthia Osterman)

Who's at fault in Amtrak crash? Amtrak will pay regardless .
Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should bear sole responsibility for the accident, Amtrak will likely end up paying crash victims' legal claims with public money.Amtrak pays for accidents it didn't cause because of secretive agreements negotiated between the passenger rail company, which receives more than $1 billion annually in federal subsidies, and the private railroads, which own 97 percent of the tracks on which Amtrak travels.

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