Worker's wife claims Amtrak negligent in keeping workplace safe, causing fatal injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 28, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A wife of a deceased man is suing a rail transport company in St. Charles, citing alleged negligence in keeping workplace safe resulting to injuring an employee.

Kathleen Lori Gray, surviving spouse of Donald Lee Gray Jr., filed a complaint May 12 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Co. alleging that the defendant violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Aug. 31, 2016, Donald Lee Gray suffered severe crush injuries to his ribs and internal organs while working as a carman for the defendant. Physicians were unable to repair the damage done to his lungs, heart and other organs during the surgery, resulting in his untimely death. As a result, Kathleen Lori Gray claims she suffered pecuniary loss and loss of companionship. 

The plaintiff holds Norfolk Southern Railway responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide employees with a reasonably safe place within which to work, failed to furnish decedent with safe and suitable tools and equipment with which to perform his assigned duties and failed to warn of a reasonably foreseeable hazardous conditions existing with its equipment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgement for an amount in excess of $25,000, together with her costs herein expended plus prejudgment interest, and other relief to which the court deems just. They are represented by Leonard P. Cervantes and Philip A. Cervantes of Cervantes and Associates in St. Louis and James R. Ferguson of Law Office of H. Chris Christy in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01302

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