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Woman says bus ran red light

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 2, 2016

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EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing Bi-state Development, a bus transit provider, claiming negligence led to a traffic collision.

Alexandra D. Gilbert filed a complaint on May 24 in Madison County Circuit Court against Bi-state Development, alleging that the bus transit provider allegedly failed to train its employee to properly operate its vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 6, while she was lawfully driving her vehicle heading southbound on 20th Street in Granite City, she was struck by the defendant's bus operated by its employee Mechelle Fochtmann, causing the plaintiff to suffer serious and permanent injuries, property damage, towing, storage and car rental expenses and past and future medical expenses. The plaintiff holds Bi-state Development responsible because the defendant's driver allegedly disobeyed the red light signal at the corner of 19th and 20th streets, failed to keep careful lookout, failed to yield right of way and operated the vehicle at an excessive speed.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000. She is represented by Thomas G. Kemper of Law Office of Thomas G. Kemper in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court Case number 16L717

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