Ga. Court: Injured Conductor Can Sue Railroad

5:19 PM, Sep 23, 2013   |    comments
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The case of a Norfolk Southern Railroad conductor injured in a Dodge County train accident went all the way to the Georgia State Supreme Court.

On Monday, the state's highest court ruled that William Zeagler could sue the railroad, because he had not been trained properly for collisions.

The accident happened in July 2007, when a Norfolk Southern train struck a log truck at a railroad crossing.

According to a Supreme Court summary of the case, the truck driver was killed and Zeagler was injured when he tried to jump from the locomotive.

He has not worked since.

Zeagler claims he never received emergency training, but a lower court said he could not sue Norfolk Southern.

On Monday, the court overturned that.

They noted about 2,500 accidents happened at railroad crossings nationwide over a five-year period. That's more than one a day.

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