Conductor sues NO Public Belt Railroad after train collides with standing rail cars

Michelle Massey Apr. 12, 2011, 1:27am


A train conductor has filed a lawsuit against his employer after his train collided into standing rail cars.

Claiming there were violations of federal regulations about locomotive safety, Sean Bowie filed suit against New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPR) on April 8 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on Sept. 4, 2010 as Bowie was working as a conductor for NOPR. He states he was injured when his train collided with a standing cut of rail cars.

At the time of the accident, Bowie was riding on the outside of the train. The collision caused Bowie to spin and strike his back on the side of the train, the lawsuit states.

The defendant is accused of operating its trains in a defective condition, failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work and failing to provide proper supervision and train its employees. The railroad is accused of negligence for not properly inspecting the train, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to apply brakes in time to prevent the collision and failing to ensure that the brakes were in good working order.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, discomfort, loss of wages, loss of future earning capacity, medical expenses and interest.

Bowie is represented by Blake R. David of Broussard & David in Lafayette. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00755

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