Thursday, February 7, 2013
A northeast Kansas couple whose son died when his truck hit a train is suing the railroad company.
In their lawsuit, Thomas and Laury Snyder of Lecompton allege BNSF Railway Co.'s negligence led to the death of their 22-year-old son, Kyle, in November 2011. The crossing northwest of Lawrence had a sign but no flashing lights or gates.
The couple filed the suit last week in Douglas County court.
Authorities said icy conditions contributed to the crash. The train's engineer and conductor said the pickup couldn't stop and slid in front of the train.
In September, state, county and railroad officials agreed to put signals and gates at the intersection crossing.
A spokesman for BNSF declined to comment on pending litigation.