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Woman sues city, railroad company after wreck

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Mary Hunter Avenue and Cedar Hill Drive in the city of Scottsboro Mary Hunter Avenue and Cedar Hill Drive in the city of Scottsboro
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

A woman struck by a train while crossing the railroad tracks in Jackson County earlier this month has now filed suit against the city and the railroad.

She is still recovering from her injuries in Huntsville since she was flown there earlier this month and faces a lot of rehabilitation.

It happened May 8th near Mary Hunter Avenue and Cedar Hill Drive in the city of Scottsboro.

Attorneys for Sheila Elliott filed suit Tuesday on her behalf against Norfolk Southern Railway, the city of Scottsboro, and the train's conductor. The suit claims it was negligence that caused the accident.

Attorney Brent Parker said trains must follow federal law in operating.

The suit claims proper signage was not installed, and he has witnesses who say the conductor failed to blow his horn upon arriving at the intersection.

"We're finding out more and more as the investigation unfolds, but if you don't have a horn and you're forced to look the other way, it's just an accident waiting to happen," Parker said.

Neither the mayor, nor officials from the rail line have commented.

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