Family of De Soto woman killed in Amtrak derailment files lawsuit
JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KCTV) - The family of a De Soto, Kansas, woman killed in the Amtrak train derailment last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Rachelle Cook, 58, was one of four people who died due to the train derailment and subsequent crash. More than 100 were injured.
According to a press release, Cook had just boarded the train in Kansas City with her sister, mother, and daughter as they were on their way to Chicago. All four of them were seriously injured. Cook and her sister died from their injures, however.
The lawsuit, filed by attorneys from an Overland Park law firm on behalf of the family, names the following in the wrongful death lawsuit: MS Contracting LLC, BNSF Railway Co., and a BNSF employee.
The press release then summarizes the lawsuit’s allegations:
- “BNSF owns, controls, maintains and operates the railroad tracks, crossing, signs and the right of way. The lawsuit accuses BNSF officials of ignoring years of warnings and safety complaints by local residents about the unsafe crossing.
- [Name omitted] “was a BNSF employee at the time of the accident, responsible for various sections of BNSF’s right of way (the tracks and the area around the tracks). He’s accused of carelessness and negligence, which led to the deadly accident.”
- “The dump truck driver was working for MS Contracting, LLC at the time of the accident.” MS Contracting, among other things, is accused of not adequately training, testing and supervising their driver. They are also accused of not enacting and enforcing policies and procedures to ensure safe driving.
The family’s attorney said that they do not have additional comments to offer as they are still grieving.
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