Jury Awards $3.7 Million to Sheridan Man, former BNSF Employee

Jury Awards $3.7 Million to Sheridan Man, former BNSF Employee

(AP) Sheridan resident Edward Jolley was recently awarded $3.7 million in damages by a Montana jury. The 72-year-old engineer was suing the railroad company BNSF, a company he worked for from 1970 to 1999. He filed the lawsuit after he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2006, a condition he attributed to years of inhaling diesel fumes, silicone dust, and asbestos while working for the company.

The jury found that BSNF violated federal regulations regarding the maintenance and operations of their locomotives, and this negligence resulted in Jolley's injuries. BSNF maintains working conditions with them did not cause his lung disease. Jolley's attorney says this damage award may be the largest against BNSF by a Montana jury, although he says Jolley did not ask for a specific amount of damages at the trial. The verdict by the 12 jurors was unanimous.

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I think it is unfortunate

I think it is unfortunate that you are living next to the track, or that the train is aimed at your house when the horn is used, but how can you say that they are a terrible company? But you have to remember why the house by the tracks is substantially less than the one that is farther away.

They pay their employees well for the work they do, they contribute to the community in many ways, and just recently they awarded a $50,000 scholarship to a student in Wyoming. Without the railroad we would not be able to afford many of the luxuries we do.

Quiet zone?

When will they ever fix the first street crossing quiet zone! Can I sue? I am almost deaf from that darn horn!
They should also build a overpass at fifth street!
I am glad someone got that darn railroad, they are not a good company, or neighbor!
What is wrong?

What is wrong?

I agree that the 1st street

I agree that the 1st street crossing has always been more of a noise issue than 5th street, because a portion of the town is in direct line with the trains as they come around the corner from the south. Trains on that portion of the track are aimed almost directly at my house and the horns are particularly noticeable in the winter when there are less leaves on trees to muffle them.

However, it amuses me when people complain about noise from the train horns. The trains were here first, and you chose to live in an area where trains can be heard. Not too long ago I recall someone who had moved to a house near the airport complaining about the noise from the airplanes. Should we get rid of them because this person is bothered by a problem that existed before he was born? What's next, banning recess because someone who works a night shift chose to move to a house next to a school?

If something can reasonably be done to stop horns from being needed at 1st street, then we should go ahead and do it. However, there will still be plenty of train noise. There are other signals that will still be necessary, and people will still complain. The only solution is to move the depot away from town, and I don't think that's going to happen any time soon.