(Richmond, Kentucky – May 24, 2011)
The mother of a 21-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student has filed a civil lawsuit against both CSX and the locomotive engineer who operated the train that killed her daughter, Hillary Hadley. She died at the Railroad crossing of Mayde Road in Berea, KY on August 10, 2010.
At the time of the tragedy, the crossing was not equipped with protective crossing gates and foliage obscured a vehicles line of sight down the tracks. Just last month the City of Berea signed a contract with CSX to have both gates and additional warning lights at the site.
Kathy Hadley, the victim’s mother, filed the suit April 8, claiming negligence on the part of CSX in maintaining the crossing, the signal devices, and the right-of-way near the crossing. In part of its defense, CSX claims it has “no duty to maintain area not on its right-of-way.”