Amtrak sues Kansas feed yard over damaged tracks, derailment

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WICHITA, Kan. — Amtrak is suing a southwest Kansas feed yard claiming gross negligence related to a train derailment that injured 28 passengers last month.

The Wichita Eagle reports Amtrak and BNSF Railway Co. filed a lawsuit Friday accusing Cimarron Crossing Feeders of failing to report that one of its trucks had damaged tracks about 20 miles west of Dodge City.

The lawsuit says an Amtrak train traveling east on the tracks shortly after midnight March 14 hit the damaged tracks and derailed near Cimarron.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report estimated damage from the derailment at more than $1.4 million.

The plaintiffs have requested a jury trial in Wichita. Officials with Cimarron Crossing Feeders didn’t immediately return a phone call Sunday seeking comment.