The adult children of a Metrolink engineer who died of injuries suffered in a collision between a train and a pickup truck in Oxnard last year are suing the rail transportation agency and Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Shawn and Kara Steele filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages and compensation for the costs to bury their father, 62-year-old Glenn Steele.
A Metrolink spokesman released a statement in response to the suit.
“Our hearts go out to Glenn’s family and friends,” the statement read. “He was an experienced, hardworking and veteran railroader. We are aware of the litigation. However, as a general matter, Metrolink is unable to discuss pending legal concerns.”
Steele died March 3, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of injuries suffered in the crash that occurred about 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2015. The suit alleges that the negligent design of the car in which Steele was seated contributed to the collision with the truck.
The derailment occurred after a man driving the pickup, with a trailer in tow, became stuck on the tracks.
The five-car Metrolink train was bound for downtown Los Angeles when it went off the tracks, which are owned by Union Pacific. Nearly 30 of the 50 people aboard were hospitalized.
Steele lived in Riverside County and had more seniority than any other Metrolink engineer.