CSX Seeks West Virginia Train Death Suit Dismissal

April 15, 2014

Railroad company CSX is asking a federal judge in West Virgina to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the death of a Putnam County teenager who was hit by a train.

The company says in its response to the lawsuit that it wasn’t negligent. The company also says Jacob Ball was trespassing.

Ball died in 2012 after being hit by a train while walking home from school. The 16-year-old’s father, Richard Dwayne Ball, sued CSX, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Board of Education.

The lawsuit alleges that there weren’t enough warnings to prevent pedestrians from walking along the tracks.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Richard Ball originally filed the lawsuit in Putnam County Circuit Court. Earlier this month, CSX moved the case to federal court and filed its response.

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