Train case could affect Wisconsin rail traffic

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 --- 7:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a train that struck a minivan that was stuck on the tracks on Memorial Day could have a wide-ranging impact on the state's rail traffic.

The court is scheduled to rule Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a couple whose van was struck by a freight train in the suburban Milwaukee community of Elm Grove in 2009.

Those bringing the lawsuit argue that the Soo Line Railroad should have known there would be additional traffic at the crossing because of a Memorial Day parade in Elm Grove that day.

But the railroad argues that railroads would have to deviate from operations dictated by federal law for even relatively mundane events if local governments are allowed to control train speeds.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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