Colorado woman suing Union Pacific after rocks from rail bridge work caused traumatic brain injury

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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After Union Pacific sent its message, Bossier City complied.

A Golden, Colo., woman is suing Union Pacific after she was hit with debris that fell from a railroad bridge.

Workers were performing maintenance duties on top of the bridge back in July 2017 when Holly Gould’s vehicle was approaching W. 86th Parkway. Gould was under the bridge when the car in front of her suddenly stopped, and that is when a shower of rocks fell on top of Gould’s car. The sunroof was open and Gould suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures in her back.

Union Pacific is being sued for not properly warning drivers that work was going on above them and there was a threat of falling debris. In a statement, the Class 1 company said it was looking forward for both sides being presented in the court of law.

Gould said on the day of the accident there were no signs posted about the work and is questioning why the road was still open. Attorney Michael Berg, representing Gould, claims rocks from Union Pacific bridges have fallen on top of cars on 19 separate occasions. He did not specify if all incidents occurred at the W. 86th Parkway site.

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