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Conductor alleges injuries from throwing switch

By Michael Abella | Jan 16, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A conductor is suing Union Pacific after he allegedly injured himself while trying to throw a switch.

Greg Atkis filed a complaint on Dec. 21, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railway Company alleging that the common carrier failed to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 6, 2015, he injured his left arm, lower back and neck while throwing Union Pacific's Captain Mine switch.

As a result of his injuries, Atkis alleges he has suffered great pain and disability, medical expenses and economic damages.

The plaintiff alleges Union Pacific failed to properly train and supervise him and failed to adopt, enforce and/or implement effective systems of maintaining its foot bridge.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation in an amount greater than $50,000, plus costs of this suit.

He is represented by Ryan E. Brennan of The Brennan Law Firm PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-673

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