HARTFORD CITY, Ind. - A north-central Indiana man whose pregnant wife and 10-month-old son were killed in a car-train crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two railroad companies.
Thomas A. Janero's suit filed Monday in Blackford Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and CSX Transportation and contends that a building near the site of the September 2011 collision limited the visibility of approaching trains.
Janero's 22-year-old wife, Kristen Marie Janero, and their son, Xander, died when the car they were passengers in was struck by a train in Montpelier, about 35 miles south of Fort Wayne.
The Star Press of Muncie reported that they died shortly after Xander had won a "most beautiful eyes" competition for his age group during Montpelier's annual Labor Day weekend festival.
An off-duty police officer who was behind the car that was hit said the train was sounding its horns and flashing its warning lights.
Investigators said Janero wasn't wearing a seat belt and that Xander was in a car seat but wasn't secured in the vehicle.