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Parents of Teenager Killed in Train Accident Sue Amtrak

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http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/parents-sue-amtrak-over-teen-s-death-in-kirkwood/article_9ac06413-3884-5f7e-a5f4-3134c762a32e.html

The parents of a 14-year-old boy who was killed when he was struck by a train in 2012 have recently brought a lawsuit against Amtrak. The 14-year-old boy from Oakland was killed on May 30, 2012 by the Missouri River Runner, which was traveling westbound, in route to Kansas City from St. Louis. The accident occurred near Leffingwell Avenue in Kirkwood. The teenager, on his way to meet up with friends, was walking a frequently used shortcut to downtown Kirkwood. According to an Amtrak spokesman, the train's engineer sounded the horn, but was not able to stop in time to avoid a collision. At the time of the accident, it was reported that the teenage boy was wearing earphones and may not have heard the train approaching him from behind. However, the parents of the teenager recently filed a lawsuit against Amtrak in St. Louis County Circuit Court alleging the train crew was negligent. According to court documents, the crew of the Missouri River Runner saw the teenage boy at least one-quarter of a mile away yet "waited a needlessly and dangerously long time before blowing its whistle" and "failed to take any effective action to slow or stop the train."

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