A jury awarded $14,813,000.00 to the family of Jeffery Nye in a case involving a dangerous railroad crossing. Nye was killed when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Company (BNSF) train struck his Jeep on December 29, 2008.
Grant L. Davis, attorney for the family stated, “The Nye family is very thankful for the jury’s service. The family brought this case in order to hold BNSF accountable and hopefully prevent any future tragedies at dangerous railroad crossings.”
Through the lawsuit, the family alleged that the railway company failed to blow any horn warning the public of the approaching train at the crossing. The family also alleged that the railway company allowed overgrown vegetation on the right of way blocking motorists’ view of approaching trains. Additionally, the family alleged that BNSF should have installed flashing lights and gates to adequately warn the public of all approaching trains.
The jury found the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company sixty-five percent at fault for the wreck. Mr. Nye was found thirty-five percent at fault.
Jeffery Nye was a football coach and science teacher for Sulfur High School. Tom Jones, attorney for the family added, “We’re happy the jury held BNSF responsible for their actions by awarding this verdict.”