Lawsuits filed days after deadly Amtrak Chicago train crash in rural Missouri
Share this @internewscast.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first lawsuits have been filed only days after an Amtrak train collision and derailment in rural Missouri that left four people dead and injured up to 150 others.

Amtrak and BNSF Railway Co. filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the concrete contracting company that owns the dump truck hit Monday by the passenger train, the Kansas City Star reported. That lawsuit blames MS Contracting, of Brookfield, Missouri, for the crash, saying the train was “clearly visible” and that truck driver was careless in crossing the tracks.

Phone calls to MS Contracting rang unanswered Friday morning.

SEE MORE: Train was below speed limit before deadly Missouri Amtrak crash: NTSB

The crossing where the collision occurred has no lights, signals or gates to warn of an approaching train. Before the crash, area residents had expressed concerns about the safety of the crossing, described by locals and a federal transportation safety official as very steep. Chariton County leaders have been pushing for a safety upgrade at the railroad crossing for nearly three years, presiding county commissioner Evan Emmerich said this week.

The truck driver, Billy Barton II, 54, of Brookfield, died in the collision, along with three passengers on the train. His widow, Erin Barton, also sued Thursday, filing a wrongful-death lawsuit in state court against Chariton County and a BNSF official that cited the crossing as unsafe.

RELATED: Amtrak derailment: 4 killed, 150 hurt when train hits dump truck, crashes in rural Missouri

Chariton County Attorney Brandon Shelton did not immediately return a phone message left Friday morning by The Associated Press seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Two train passengers – Rochelle Cook, 58, and Kim Holsapple, 56, both of DeSoto, Kansas, died at the scene. A third passenger, 82-year-old Binh Phan, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Tuesday at a hospital. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said up to 150 people also were injured.

The Southwest Chief was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it hit the truck near Mendon. Two locomotives and eight cars derailed. Amtrak officials said about 275 passengers and 12 crew members were aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that the train was going about 87 mph, under the 90 mph speed limit, when the collision happened.

The video in the player above is from an earlier report..

Copyright © 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like
Scientists unveil method to destroy certain ‘forever chemicals’

Scientists unveil method to destroy certain ‘forever chemicals’

(The Hill) – Scientists at Northwestern University say they have devised a…
Director Wolfgang Petersen of ‘Das Boot,’ ‘Air Force One’ dies at 81

Director Wolfgang Petersen of ‘Das Boot,’ ‘Air Force One’ dies at 81

(WGHP) — Legendary director Wolfgang Petersen has died at age 81. Petersen…
Taliban take to the streets during a national holiday celebrating the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover on August 15, 2022 in Kabul

Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan laid bare in damning Republican report 

The Biden administration may have dramatically undercounted the number of US citizens…
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Shoots and Scores Against Gavin Newsom's Latest Red State Rant – RedState

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Shoots and Scores Against Gavin Newsom’s Latest Red State Rant – RedState

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey looks like the grandmother you always wanted to…
AG Merrick Garland Took Weeks to 'Deliberate' Before Signing Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Application – RedState

AG Merrick Garland Took Weeks to ‘Deliberate’ Before Signing Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Application – RedState

Late Monday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that US Attorney General Merrick…
Armenian fireworks warehouse blast death toll rises to 16

Armenian fireworks warehouse blast death toll rises to 16

Rescuers have recovered more bodies from the site of a fireworks warehouse…
Attorney at Law' Episode Release Schedule And Premiere Dates

Attorney at Law’ Episode Release Schedule And Premiere Dates

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a Marvel show unlike any you’ve seen…
Police warn of robberies in Englewood targeting motorbike, ATV buyers

Police warn of robberies in Englewood targeting motorbike, ATV buyers

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning Englewood residents about a series of…