Missouri woman wins $20 million in train collision lawsuit

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STEELE, Mo. (AP) _ A southeast Missouri woman has been awarded $20 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after her husband died in a collision with a train in 2012.

A jury returned the verdict Tuesday in favor of Sherry Spence against BNSF Railway. Her husband, 53-year-old Scott Spence, died in a collision with a BNSF train in October 2012 on a rural Stoddard County road. Court records indicate the crossing had only a railroad crossing sign.

The Southeast Missouri reported the family argued the crossing did not have safe sight distance, lights or gates, had obstructed visibility and that the train crew was negligent.

BNSF said in a statement that no evidence showed negligence by the railroad and the trial clearly showed Spence did not stop at the crossing.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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