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Posted on 11/15/2004 5:11:24 PM PST by B4Ranch
Woman struck by train sues Norfolk Southern
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Jeannette, Pa., woman who was injured after being struck by a train while walking along railroad tracks sued Norfolk Southern last Thursday for failing to warn pedestrians that trains travel on tracks, according to a story on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review website.
According to the suit, Patricia M. Frankhouser is seeking an unspecified amount in excess of $30,000 from the railroad for a January 6 incident that left her with a broken finger, cuts on her hand, and pain. Greensburg, Pa. attorney Harry F. Smail, Jr., who represents Frankhouser, was not available for comment.
According to the suit, Frankhouser was walking along the tracks near Seventh and Eighth streets in Jeannette. Smail argues that the railroad was negligent for failing to post signs warning "of the dangers of walking near train tracks and that the tracks were actively in use."
"Defendant's failure to warn plaintiff of the potential dangers negligently provided plaintiff with the belief she was safe in walking near the train tracks," the suit states. The filing does not indicate why Frankhouser failed to hear the oncoming train and get out of its way. It also does not state the manner of her apparent trespassing, whether she was crossing the tracks or walking in between, or along, them. No hearing has been set. Jeannette is 30 miles east of Pittsburgh on the main line to Altoona and Harrisburg.
Judging by how stupid she is, it's amazing she's lived this long.
This is a great example of why "loser-pays" tort reform is needed.
(notice I did not use looser-pays) - vanity
I see John Edwards has graduated to chasing trains.
Anyone who doesn't know walking on train tracks is dangerous needs to be locked up for their own safety.
She's just looking for some easy money and should be held responsible for the legal fees of the RR in this assinine case.
My guess: once she gets her money from another liguini-spined corporation, she'll see if Ford, GM, and Chrysler will pay for failing to warn her that cars travel on highways.
"Mama, said you was just a greasy spot on the L & N"
Trains travel on tracks.
Coffee is hot.
Same concept. Sue and get money for being an idiot.
That person, wearing that shirt, is a disservice to Alan Jackson.
The railroad should prevail in this case - with a sizable penalty against this twit's lawyer for bringing such an obviously frivolous case.
Oh, boy! This will be a landmark case - establishing the abject stupidity of mankind. She did not think of this on her own, she couldn't have. Her attorney must be starving to take on this one!!
How did our education system let this slip thru?
If I was on a jury for this I would cite her with trespassing, and fine her amount of the lawyer fees.
My husband is a bit of a train nut, and according to him, this kind of thing happens all the time, but even if the person wins, it will be overturned.
What an idiot. Duh. I was walking along the train tracks, and amazingly enough, a train came by and hit me! Yikes.
Damn, a near miss Darwin Award. Sounds like she really qualifies.
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