A St. Clair County railroad worker is suing his employer for injuries he allegedly received while walking alongside a train track in Cahokia.

Sammie Calvin filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Sept. 10 against Union Pacific Railroad.

Calvin says he was working as a conductor/brakeman for Union Pacific in September 2009. As he was moving a train from the Alton and Southern Yard in East St. Louis, Calvin claims his duties required him to jump off his locomotive and manually throw a crossover switch at the Jerome Lane intersection. Calvin alleges he had to walk through an overgrown area along the track and tripped over a log or branch that was hidden by the brush.

Calvin accuses Union Pacific of negligence for failing to maintain a safe working environment. He contends the railroad company is responsible for keeping the area around its tracks clean. He asks for more than $50,000 in damages for medical bills, lost wages and court fees.

Attorney John T. Papa of Granite City represents Calvin.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-468

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