A man has filed suit against The Alton and Southern Railway Company, alleging he suffered injuries to his right knee and leg after dismounting a locomotive.

Charles E. Dickey claims he worked as a conductor and switchman for the railroad on March 26, 2008, when he twisted his right knee and tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his medical meniscus while dismounting a locomotive.

In addition to his injuries, Dickey has experienced severe pain, suffering, mental anguish and anxiety; has suffered psychological and emotional injury; and has incurred medical costs because of the incident, according to the complaint. He has also lost wages, the suit states.

The railroad negligently failed to provide a safe place to work, failed to provide safe conditions for working, failed to provide safe assistance for work, failed to keep the tracks free of water and failed to support its tracks with adequate drainage, the complaint says.

Dickey seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Roger C. Denton of Schlichter, Bogard and Denton in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-24.

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