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Lawsuit says CSX didn't do enough to prevent crash
HAMMOND, Ind. - The woman who lost her daughter and two granddaughters after their minivan was hit by two trains has filed a lawsuit against CSX, claiming the rail company didn't do enough to alert people to the oncoming trains, the Post-Tribune reports.

Edie Bolanos, 32, and her two daughters, Crystal Bolanos, 11, and Anahi Bolanos, 8, died after their minivan was hit Sept. 1, 2007, by two trains at the rail crossing at Johnson Avenue and Hudson Street in Hammond.

Her two sons, Leon Verduzco, then 13, and Daniel Rodriguez Jr., then 3, were also in the minivan but survived.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Bolanos' mother, Debra Avila, and the four children, claiming Leon and Daniel have suffered lifelong medical harm, and both of them and Avila have monetary loss from the deaths of Crystal and Anahi.

Video from a surveillance camera showed Bolanos driving in a South Shore Line parking lot and then making a turn onto Johnson just in front of an eastbound train.

Police said at the time it appeared Bolanos was racing the train in order to cross the tracks before the train got to the intersection first.

However, another train was headed west and struck Bolanos' minivan, which was then hit next by the eastbound train. Bolanos, Crystal, Anahi and Daniel were all thrown from the minivan. Crystal and Anahi were pronounced dead at the scene, and Bolanos died a few days later.

The suit claims that CSX should have installed crossing arms at the crossing section to help protect people.

It also says the train operators did not blare their horns, which could have alerted Bolanos to the oncoming trains, and that the trains were speeding. The crossing had flashing lights installed at the time of the accident.

CSX had signed an agreement with the city of Hammond a few years before the accident to reroute trains to another line south of where the accident occurred. However, it had not completed the process yet because of finances.

That section had not been known for accidents, though, because of the clear visibility, Stan Dostatni, then engineer for Hammond, said at the time.

(This item appeared in the Post-Tribune Aug. 19, 2009.)

 

August 19, 2009


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Did you ever watch this video? It would appear that she is doing everything she can to get there before the train. Except, sometimes, you've got to expect the unexpected.  Still, they sue.  Obviously, it's CSX'es fault for not rerouting the traffic. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uh94qKrDY4


-- Edited by Cy Valley on Wednesday 19th of August 2009 01:56:50 PM

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"CSX had signed an agreement with the city of Hammond a few years before the accident to reroute trains to another line south of where the accident occurred. However, it had not completed the process yet because of finances."

Hmmm.

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Snippy wrote:

"CSX had signed an agreement with the city of Hammond a few years before the accident to reroute trains to another line south of where the accident occurred. However, it had not completed the process yet because of finances."

Hmmm.



I know that there's got to be somebody else they can sue.  Hey, I know who they could sue.

 



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I know the engineer that hit that van. The max speed through there is 40 but the State Line diamond with a 25mph restriction is about a half mile west of where the accident happened. There are numerous road crossings in that area so it is highly unlikely the horn wasn't sounded. It's not the nicest area either. You don't want to have your windows open going through there.

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Yeah, looks like she was well aware of at least one train, the one she was racing.

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PS: GAWDDAM! That Youtube video kind of makes you wonder how anyone could find a lawyer that would sue.

(Snippy realizes that's setting the bar very, very low.)

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That crew should sue the family for the trauma the stupid bitch caused them.

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