A Clay County jury handed out a $1.6 million dollar verdict against CSX Transportation in the wrongful death civil trial of a 17-year-old who was killed by a CSX train in 2008.
The teen and two of his friends were fishing from a railroad bridge over Black Creek when an approaching CSX train forced them to run to the end of the trestle to avoid being hit. Two of the boys were able avoid being run down, but the victim was struck by the train before he could leap to safety.
The lawsuit claimed that the train was going too fast and the crew made no attempt to slow down the train, even after they had seen the boys on the bridge running for their lives. The suit contended that some of the braking equipment on the train hadn’t been operating properly and that the train’s brakes hadn’t even been applied until after the boy was hit.
“We think the jury felt that CSX was grossly negligent and committed misconduct by not doing anything to stop the train from hitting that boy,” the family’s attorney told The Florida Times-Union.
A spokesman for CSX said that while there is no doubt that what happened was a “complete tragedy,” the company completely disagreed with the decision. It is unknown if they are planning to lodge an appeal.
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