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Widow Of Amtrak Derailment Victim Files Wrongful Death Suit

A wrongful death lawsuit over the Amtrak derailment in rural Montana over the weekend has been filed.

The Washington Post reports the lawsuit was filed in a Chicago federal court on Tuesday on behalf of the family of Rebecca Schneider and her husband Zach Schneider.

Zach Schneider, a software engineer from Illinois, was among three people who died when eight of the 10 train cars derailed Saturday afternoon near Joplin along Montana’s Hi-Line. His wife Rebecca was injured in the crash but survived.

The lawsuit names Amtrak and the track owner BNSF Railway. It was filed by a Philadelphia law firm in Chicago where the train en route to Seattle originated.

The lawsuit alleges Zach Schneider died as a result of a “preventable tragedy.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the derailment. An NTSB spokesperson said there is no new information on the derailment.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.