Amtrak, BNSF Sue Kansas Feed Company in Connection with March 14 S.W. Chief Derailment

Amtrak and BNSF are suing a Kansas company in connection with a March 14 derailment of the eastbound Southwest Chief.

The laws suit names Cimarron Crossing Feeders and claims that the company engaged in “gross negligence.”

The suit alleges that company employees left a truck “unattended, out of gear and without any brakes applied” when it was loading grain March 13 into March 14.

The truck later rolled downhill, crossed U.S. Highway 50 and struck the side of the railroad BNSF tracks, coming to rest on the tracks, the newspaper reported.

Cimarron was then said to have called for a tow to remove the truck, but did not call BNSF or Amtrak to warn about the damaged track.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation has found that the tracks near the derailment site were a foot or more out of alignment.
Amtrak train No. 4 derailed shortly after midnight near Cimarron, Kansas. Twenty-eight passengers were injured.

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