Covering Louisiana

Apr 24, 2014 8:33 AM by AP (MGN Online)

Supreme Court rules Kenner, railroad not liable

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Kenner and the Illinois Central Railroad Co. are not liable for a 2009 crash in which a train struck and killed a deaf woman trying to cross the tracks at an unguarded intersection.
The Advocate reports the state's high court, in a 6-1 decision last week, called the death of 58-year-old Cynthia Tuckson "a tragic accident." But, it dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit that claimed the crossing was unreasonably dangerous and should have been equipped with crossing gates and flashing lights.
The ruling reversed an October appellate decision that would have allowed the case to be heard by a Jefferson Parish jury.
New Orleans attorney Harry E. Forst said the ruling likely is the end of the road for the case.

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