A woman has accused a railroad company responsible for maintaining the tracks near Granite City, Illinois of being responsible for the personal injuries she suffered while riding a train.
On February 17, Sandra K. Blanch filed suit in Illinois’ Madison County Circuit Court, naming The Kansas City Railway Company, doing business as Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroad Company, and National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, as defendants.
According to the suit, Blanch was a passenger on a train to Chicago in May 2010. As the train passed near Granite City, the engineer allegedly noticed a problem with the track and applied the brakes.
Blanch claims the sudden stopping motion caused her to fall and become injured.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Amtrak, Union Pacific, and Kansas City Southern of negligence for failure to maintain the tracks in and around Granite City.
Blanch seeks damages in excess of $150,000 in damages for medical expenses, lost income, and court costs.
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