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Railroads sued over GOP train crash

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The father of a man injured when a trash truck he was riding in was struck by a train full of Republican lawmakers is suing over the crossing where the collision happened.

Dennis Eddy’s father – as conservator – filed a lawsuit Sept. 7 against CSX Transportation, which owns the track, and Buckingham Branch Railroad, which operates trains, Charlottesville TV stations WCAV and WVIR reported. The suit alleges the crossing signal hadn’t been properly maintained.

Neither company was immediately available  for comment.

Another passenger was killed in the crash outside of Charlottesville. The truck’s driver has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and being under the influence.

Witnesses told investigators the truck entered the crossing after the safety gates had come down. People who live near the crossing have also told the AP that the gates were known to malfunction.

The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys at MichieHamlett PLLC in Charlottesville and a law firm in Manhattan, Kansas.

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