PARKERSBURG – A CSX Transportation employee is suing the railroad giant for injuries sustained on the job while working in Wetzel County in August.

David R. Archer filed the lawsuit Oct. 22 in Wood Circuit Court. In his complaint, Archer says he was working as a brakeman on a CSX train near Brooklyn Junction in New Martinsville when his train was struck by another train and derailed.

Archer says CSX failed to provide him with a safe working environment and that the employees on the other train operated it in violation of CSX's safety rules.

He says he suffered severe injuries to his neck and back and that some of the injuries may be permanent. He says he suffered pain, discomfort, mental anguish and has incurred substantial medical expenses. He says he also has missed work time and lost earnings and benefits.

Archer seeks compensatory damages as well as costs and other relief. He is represented by Willard J. Moody Jr. and Michael R. Davis, both of the Moody Law Firm in Portsmouth, Va.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge J.D. Beane.

Wood Circuit Court case number: 10-C-458

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