MetroLink sued over cones left at Fairview Heights station

Andrea Dearden Aug. 9, 2012, 7:57am


A Belleville woman claims she was hurt when she tripped over cones marking construction work at a MetroLink station.

Bonnie J. Kolb filed a complaint against Bi-State Development Agency, doing business as Metro, on July 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Bi-State Development is listed as the owner and operator of MetroLink, St. Clair County's light rail transit system.

On Aug. 3, 2011, while maintenance and repair work was under way at the Fairview Heights MetroLink station, orange cones were allegedly placed to mark the work areas, according to the complaint. Kolb says the cones created a hazard by limiting passenger movement on and off of the train.

Kolb contends it was the responsibility of Bi-State Development to maintain the MetroLink station in a reasonably safe way, so as not to pose a risk to the public. She accuses the company of negligence for allegedly placing obstacles in the path of passengers and closing the doors "without adequate warning and without adequate time" to get on or off the train safely.

Kolb says the cones caused her to slip and fall, causing her "permanent, painful and debilitating" injuries. She is asking to be paid more than $50,000 to compensate for the cost of a doctor's care and physical therapy.

Attorney Ransom P. Wuller of Belleville represents Kolb.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-388

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