Lawsuit in Fatal Nebraska Bridge Collapse Settled

August 5, 2013

The family of a railroad worker who died in 2010 when floodwaters brought down a bridge has settled a lawsuit against his employer and two other railroads.

Suzanne Scholl, of Norfolk, said in her lawsuit that Union Pacific Railroad, Nebraska Central Railroad and Rio Grande Pacific Corporation failed to ensure the railroad bridge was properly designed, maintained and safe.

Her husband, Jeff Scholl, was among three Nebraska Central Railroad workers checking on the bridge when it collapsed over the swollen Elkhorn River, dumping them into the fast-moving current. Two of the workers were pulled out of the river alive. Scholl’s body was found several days later.

The Norfolk Daily News reports that the case was settled two weeks ago under undisclosed terms, and the lawsuit dismissed.

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