Widow of Amtrak conductor files suit in 'Silver Star' crash

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An aerial view of Sunday's wreck between Amtrak's Silver Star and a parked CSX freight train in Cayce, S.C. The widow of the Amtrak conductor killed in the crash has filed suit against Amtrak and CSX.
Jeff Blake, The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The widow of the conductor killed in Sunday’s crash of Amtrak’s Silver Star in South Carolina is suing Amtrak and CSX Corp. for negligence.

Christine Cella, widow of conductor Michael Cella, filed the suit Thursday in Duval County Circuit Court in Jacksonville, according to media reports. Cella and her two children live in a suburb of Jacksonville.

According a report in the Columbia, S.C., newspaper The State, a release from Cella’s attorney says the suit alleges 28 specific instances of negligence on the part of CSX and nine by Amtrak.

Cella, 36, and 54-year-old Michael Kampf were killed Sunday when the Silver Star went onto a siding and crashed into a parked CSX freight rain in Cayce, S.C.

It is the second suit filed as a result of the crash. An Amtrak passenger filed suit earlier Thursday against CSX.

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