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Widow of Killed Worker Sues Newspaper, Paper Firm

February 22, 2013
UPPER MERION, PA—The widow of a train engineer who was killed last May by a roll of paper that was not secured in its rail car is suing a number of firms, including the former owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News.

The suit was filed by Sarah Troester, whose husband—Jeff Troester, 43, an assistant engineer with Arcellor-Mittal Railways—died when he opened a rail car and a 1,500-pound roll of paper fell on him. The railcar was delivering rolls to a facility here owned by Philadelphia Newspapers and Philadelphia Media Network. The plaintiff seeks unspecified damages.

According to the suit, workers neglected to place a load bar, jam bar or other type of lateral brace that would have prevented the rolls from falling out when the the railcar door was opened.

Also named in the lawsuit are Great Northern Paper and the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway.
 

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