Employee says railroad company liable for injuries suffered in tractor collision

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 23, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — An employee is suing Illinois Central Railroad Company, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries after a workplace vehicle collision.

EAST ST. LOUIS — An employee is suing Illinois Central Railroad, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries after a workplace vehicle collision.

Jessica Killingham of Chicago filed a complaint on March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Illinois Central Railroad Company, alleging the defendant violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 7, 2016, she suffered injuries while operating a tie tractor after being rear-ended by Theodore Brister, another employee of the defendant. Brister was allegedly inattentive while operating his vehicle when he struck the plaintiff from behind.

As a result, Killingham claims she suffered physical injuries and loss of earnings and incurred medical expenses.

The plaintiff alleges Illinois Central Railroad failed to provide reasonably safe equipment with which to perform her assigned duties, failed to provide necessary and proper supervision to all employees, failed to properly train employees in operation of tie tractors and allowed unsafe practices to become standard practice.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for an amount in excess of jurisdictional limits, together with pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other further relief the court deems necessary.

She is represented by 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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