A law firm representing the children of a Metro-East woman hit and killed by a train filed suit against several railroad companies on Tuesday.
Latasha Wilson, 29, was driving across railroad tracks in Madison, Illinois when she was hit by a southbound Amtrak train on February 28. The mother of three died as a result of neck trauma shortly after the collision.
Gori Julian & Associates, a law firm based in Edwardsville, filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Western-Cullen Hayes, Inc. and National Railroad Passenger Corporations dba/Amtrak on behalf of Wilson's children, all under the age of 11.
The law firm claims the accident was not Latasha Wilson’s fault and that she was not "trying to beat the train." The firm referenced an internal review of the crash site, claiming it would have been "impossible for her to cross the tracks with the barriers down at this particular intersection."
A spokesman for Union Pacific railroad said he could not comment on the case until the company reviewed the filing.