The Nebraska Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of a 13-year-old boy struck and killed by a train at a Union Pacific crossing.
Manuela Domingo Gaspar Gonzalez sued the Omaha-based railroad
over the 2005 death of her son, 13-year-old Efrain Ramos-Domingo. The boy was struck at a crossing near a school in Schuyler.
Her lawsuit claimed that Union Pacific failed to ensure railroad crossings were safe for pedestrians and that she was pressured into
signing a document releasing the railroad from liability. The lawsuit says Gonzalez does not speak English.
A Colfax County District Court judge dismissed her wrongful
death claim. But the Nebraska Supreme Court said in an opinion released Friday that Manuela has alleged facts sufficient to state
a claim for relief.