Seward man sues over deadly train crash

A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of a Nebraska family killed in a devastating train crash.

Six people were killed in the Amtrak crash near Reno, Nevada last month, including a Seward woman and her granddaughter.  Their rail car caught fire when a semi–trailer blew through the lowered crossing gates and hit the train.  Bill Knox of Seward is now suing for damages over the loss of his granddaughter and wife.

The lawsuit filed in a district court in Reno is now the fourth lawsuit brought against the John Davis Trucking Company.  One of the company's trucks hit the California-bound train on June 24.  58–year–old Frances Knox and her 18–year–old granddaughter, Annie, both of Seward, were killed.

The lawsuit alleges the trucking company was negligent in failing to slow down and stop for the train and warning signs.  It accuses the company of failing to properly train the truck driver.

Bill Knox will now have to care for their four other young adopted grand kids on his own.  His attorney says it only adds more challenges to the heartbroken family.  Attorney Bill Bradley says, “teenage children and younger lost not only their mother, but their older sibling and that's left it to Bill who is retired, the sole responsibility of trying to raise these children. It's an overwhelming responsibility and a tremendous and tragic loss that this family's experiencing.” 

A memorial will be held for the Knox's very soon, though a date has not been set.  The Cattle National Bank in Seward is also in the process of setting up a trust fund for the four Knox grandchildren.

Be sure to tune in to Channel 8 Eyewitness News at 6 and 10 Thursday night when Megan Palera sits down with Bill Knox to talk about how the family is coping since that tragic day in June.