Cheyenne, Wy – A federal jury has ordered Union Pacific
to pay 2 (M) million dollars to the estate of a man killed at a
railroad crossing west of Cheyenne two years ago.
The jury on Monday ruled that the company was partially
responsible for the death of Donald Pribbernow. He and Tim Hill
were killed when their pickup truck was struck by a train in
Paula Fegler is Pribbernow's daughter. She filed the lawsuit
claiming that the railroad failed to mark the crossing with
warnings or signs and that railroad buildings along the crossing
blocked people from seeing the tracks.
Union Pacific had argued that Pribbernow was negligent and that
he and Hill were trespassing at a private crossing when they were
Pribbernow and Hill had been working at the quarry at Granite
Canyon before the accident. Court records say that quarry employees
commonly used the crossing to get to work.
A spokesman for the railroad says the company is considering an