Skip to Main Content
Railroad News

Bus Driver Injured At Unguarded, Dangerous BNSF Rural Kansas Crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

(Winfield, Kansas – July 5, 2011)

A Winfield, KS bus driver for the Cowley County Council on Aging was injured about 10:4 0 A.M. Tuesday morning when his westbound bus was struck by a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a dangerous, unguarded crossing on BNSF tracks in northwest rural Cowley County, KS.

Donald L. Atwood, 71, who drives for the agency which provides transportation services for the elderly, was the only injury as his empty bus was heading to pick up passengers. The crossing is equipped solely by a railroad crossbuck sign and has no electronic warning of approaching trains.

The bus was virtually destroyed by the impact, which leaves the agency with only 2/3 of its bus fleet left at a time when severe 100+ degree heat necessitates vehicles with good air conditioning, as the vehicle was the best one the agency had for its use. Although the crossing (122nd Road) is public, it is listed as private in the Federal Railroad Administration’s registry.


Railroad News


Train crash cases are unique and complex with many different potential pitfalls, such as federal preemption. Anytime I get hired or even get a call from a train crash victim, my very first call is to Nathan’s firm. Nathan’s knowledge and experience in handling and trying cases against these litigation savvy railroad companies gives me the confidence to know that the clients and cases I refer to him are getting the best of the best.

James Perrin Lubbock, Texas

I have had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Nathan on several railroad crossing accidents cases. In each case, Nathan always possessed an incredible knowledge of the law and the facts, possessed a great talent for aggressive - strategic legal planning and trial tactics while, at the same time, displaying great skill as an effective negotiator. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Scott McCluen Harriman, Tennessee

Nathan Karlin has my strongest endorsement in the field of railroad crossing cases and personal injury law. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan in a complex railroad personal injury case. I was impressed by Nathan’s knowledge, his work ethic, and his dedication to the client. I look forward to working with Nathan on future injury matters. I am also aware firsthand that he has obtained excellent trial and settlement results in numerous cases involving members of the public harmed by railroad companies.

Joseph M. Miller Mandeville, Louisiana

Nathan is a warrior fighting the railroads. As a fellow personal injury lawyer, I have constantly been impressed with his depth of knowledge and his capabilities from case to case. I’d take him into battle with me any day against the biggest railroads and insurance companies on the planet.

Jon C. Clark Austin, Texas

Bob Pottroff has fought for the victims of the railroads’ callous disregard for safety more than any other attorney that I know. I should know because I am currently Chair-elect of the Railroad Section of ATLA.

Robert Schuetze Boulder, Colorado

Mr. Pottroff has shaken the rail industry to its very roots. Settlements are now more common as a result of the way he has exposed the industry’s wrongdoing.

Mike Easley Arkansas

Bob Pottroff’s work in railroad safety law is unmatched and he has been the source of great advice and phenomenal creativity.

Roger Brown Jefferson City, Missouri

In addition to his substantive contributions to railroad grade crossing safety, I have personally observed his untiring efforts and contributions to improving the integrity of the legal system.

Elizabeth Hardy Lake Charles, Louisiana

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8