On Monday, there was a $6 million settlement of a Chicago-area wrongful death lawsuit involving a woman who was fatally hit by a train because the railroad crossing signals were not operating.
The woman, Katie Ann Lunn, 26, of Chicago, was killed on April 6, 2010 at a University Park railroad crossing. She was driving across the railroad tracks at Stuenkel Road in University Park when she was hit by a high-speed Amtrak train at 9:40 p.m.
Various witnesses indicated that the railroad signals were not operating at the time of the accident. There was also a video of the accident.
The lawsuit claimed that the signals were turned off earlier in the day as part of maintenance actions, and they were never reactivated. Illinois Central Railway agreed to settle the lawsuit hours before the trial was supposed to begin, and admitted liability for the death.
Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the March 13 MyFox Chicago story titled “$6M Settlement in Train Crossing Crash that Killed Chicago Dancer” as well as the March 13 Daily Herald story titled “$6 million settlement in Naperville dance teacher’s death.”
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