Unanimous Jury Awards Injured Railroad Engineer

Missouri Lawyers Weekly

A 4 mph jolt translated into a $3.18 million verdict for a Burlington Northern engineer who injured his back.

A unanimous St. Louis County jury made the award to John Walsh after a four-day trial. Walsh was injured when another train struck the one he was working on.

Walsh claimed Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. was negligent and said in his lawsuit that the crew on the other train violated the railway's safety protocols.

The former engineer, from Mammoth Spring, Ark., was working at one of BNSF's large terminals in Thayer, Mo., near the Arkansas border. He was on a freight train with three separate cars, preparing to go home, said his attorney Roger Denton, of Schlichter Bogard & Denton.

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