Railroad Crossing Crash Litigation Settles for Over $25 Million
A global settlement of over $25 million was secured for high-school students killed and injured when a Metra train crashed into a school bus at a grade crossing of railroad tracks in a suburban area outside of Chicago. Attorneys Tom Demetrio and Managing Partner Bob Bingle, both with extensive experience representing victims of train crashes, were lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the litigation.
The settlement arises out of a train and bus collision in Fox River Grove, Illinois, on October 25, 1995. In the early morning, a Crystal Lake school district bus was heading in a southeasterly direction on Algonquin Road. The bus proceeded onto the Union Pacific railroad track and was hit by a Metra train.
Five defendants, Union Pacific Railroad, Gannett Fleming, Aldridge Electric, Contracting & Material, and the Illinois Department of Transportation, contributed to the settlements.