EAST ST. LOUIS — A railroad employee is suing Illinois Central, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff. 

Jessica Killingham of Chicago filed a complaint Feb. 21 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Illinois Central Railroad Company, alleging failure to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 7, 2016, Killingham was operating a tie extractor when a co-employee, Theodore Brister, was operating another tie extractor and violently struck her from behind.

As a result, the suit says, Killingham suffered severe injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. 

The plaintiff alleges Illinois Central failed to furnish reasonably safe equipment and proper personal protection, failed to provide necessary and proper supervision and negligently allowed unsafe practices to become the standard practice in the rail yard.

Killingham seeks trial by jury, judgment in excess of jurisdictional limits of the court, pre- and post-judgment interest and all legal costs.

She is represented by attorney C.E. Sorey II of Ridgeland, Miss.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00187

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