INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana appeals court says a woman who lost both legs after she was run over by a freight train can sue the railroad for negligence.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (http://bit.ly/2rw9Dcd ) that the Indiana Court of Appeals last week ruled Crystal Williams can sue the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad, overturning a lower court’s decision.
The appeals court says there are unanswered questions about the railroad’s duty to prevent Williams’ injuries.
Williams was 17 years old in December 2011 when a train was blocking her way as she walked home in Gary, Indiana. It lurched forward as she tried to climb between rail cars, running over her legs.
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The railroad argues it’s not responsible because Williams was trespassing.
Gary is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Chicago.
Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com