BENTON – A Union Pacific engineer alleges he was injured in Salem when he lost his footing on the stop of an engine. 

Bradley LeDure filed a complaint on July 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Union Pacific Railroad Co., alleging it violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act and Locomotive Inspection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 12, 2016, he was working as an engineer when he lost his footing on the step of an engine operated by Union Pacific. 

As a result, he claims he sustained injuries to his knees, shoulders, spine, neck and head. 

LeDure claims the steps were in a worn and defective state and failed to contain sufficient traction to allow him to safely ascend and descend the steps. 

The plaintiff alleges Union Pacific failed to provide reasonably safe and suitable equipment and failed to maintain its locomotive parts and appurtenances in a condition that was safe to operate without unnecessary danger of personal injury.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in such sum which is fair and reasonable of more than $75,000, plus all applicable court costs, and such other further relief the court deems just and proper. 

He is represented by Nelson G. Wolff II, Andrew D. Schlichter and Mark A. Beatty II of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton LLP in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00737-JPG-DGW

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