Border Patrol Agents’ Widows File Suit in Arizona Crash

March 8, 2012

The widows of two U.S. Border Patrol agents killed in a train accident near Gila Bend have sued the railroad and the irrigation district that owns the land crossed by the tracks.

The lawsuit filed in Pima County Superior Court names Union Pacific Railroad and Paloma Irrigation and Drainage District as defendants in the wrongful deaths of agents Hector Clark and Eduardo Rojas on May 12, 2011.

The Arizona Republic says the suit doesn’t specify damages.

Rojas and Clark were helping Arizona and federal law enforcement officers track drug smugglers when they were killed.

They were driving beside the tracks past a train parked on a siding near an unprotected railroad crossing. The suit says the stopped train created the optical illusion of being on a main single track.

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