Employee sues CSX over run-in with goose

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2008

HUNTINGTON – A CSX Transportation conductor is trying to goose his employer in federal court after he was attacked by a goose in a railyard.

Aaron E. Richards filed a FELA lawsuit Feb. 4 in U.S. District Court in Huntington against CSX.

On April 23, 2005, Richards says he was working as a conductor at the Keyser Receiving Yard near Ravenswood and was performing a brake test on a CSX train.

"As plaintiff performed the required inspection, a goose which was previously known by defendant to have nested in its yard area, suddenly jumped out from under one of the railcars, striking plaintiff, and causing him to fall," the complaint states.

Richards claims his injuries were caused by the negligence of CSX.

He lists injuries as past and future pain, past and future medical treatment, loss of earnings and impairment of future earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of life.

Richards seeks damages in excess of $75,000 as well as costs and other relief. He seeks a jury trial.

Richards is represented by Huntington attorney W. Michael Frazier and William Kvas of the Minneapolis law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas. The case has been assigned to Judge Robert C. Chambers.

U.S. District Court case number: 3:08-0079

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