A Jefferson Parish man is suing his employer, a transportation company and an insurance company after he was allegedly injured in a crash between an Amtrak train and a tractor-trailer near Tchula, Mississippi.
Vincent Dorest filed a lawsuit against Clark Gin Service Inc.; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and National Railroad Passenger Corp. on Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, citing negligence.
According to the complaint, on or about Sept. 10, 2013, Dorest was assigned to work on an Amtrak train en route from Chicago to New Orleans when he claims that he suffered serious injuries to his head, left knee and right shoulder when he was thrown about the train due to a crash between a tractor-trailer and the Amtrak train.
Dorset claims that his injuries were due to Amtrak not proving a safe place to work and a safe road crossing as well as failing to control obstructions to the view of the motoring public due to vegetation and trees along the track.
He is suing Amtrak; Clark Gin Service, the owners of the tractor-trailer; and its insurance provider, which is State Farm. Dorest seeks damages of more than $75,000, attorney's fees, court costs, and other charges.
Dorest is represented by Blake E. Arata Jr., C. Perrin Rome III and W. Chad Stelly of Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly LLC of New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-03314-NJB-MBN