BNSF employee: Homeless, debris make grounds unsafe

The incident in question happened in Oct. 2013

A BNSf train in Vancouver, April 3, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
A BNSf train in Vancouver, April 3, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An employee of Burlington Northern Santa Fe has filed a $4 million lawsuit against the company.

In the lawsuit, Kenneth Morgan claims that he suffered severe and permanent injuries while walking on a path at the company’s East St. Johns Siding.

The incident in question happened in Oct. 2013. At the time, Morgan was a locomotive engineer for the company and was “walking along BNSF’s tracks under the Lombard Street Bridge,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that the street bridge “is a dangerous” area “where transients, homeless and gangs congregate.” The ground was “littered” with debris and other hazards, including graffiti and “homeless encampment garbage.”

As a result of the injury, Morgan “was rendered permanently disabled from employment in train service,” the lawsuit claims.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas declined to comment.