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Local man injured by train files federal lawsuit

WILLIAMSPORT — A railroad employee who lost an arm and leg when run over blames the accident on the carelessness and recklessness of the shortline company for whom he worked.

Wayne Brewer of the Lock Haven area makes the accusation in a suit filed last Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court against the Lycoming Valley Railroad and its parent company, North Shore Railroad Co. of Northumberland.

North Shore president and CEO Jeb S. Stotter said Friday the company does not comment on pending litigation but intends to vigorously defend the claims made against it and Lycoming Valley.

Brewer, who was 23 at the time of the accident, was injured Feb. 13, 2020, while working as a conductor as a Lycoming Valley crew was switching cars in the Newberry Yards in Williamsport.

He claims in the suit he fell because the right of way slope did not comply with recommended standards of the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance Way Assn. and other guidelines.

The complaint also contends the engineer, Brandon Davidson, moved the train without receiving proper communication from Brewer or other crew members.

Brewer says he was struck, dragged and run over by one of the cars causing him to endure the fear of impending death.

His right arm and leg were amputated and he suffered multiple internal injuries that have left him permanently disabled. He says he also suffers from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Neither Lycoming Valley nor North Shore has released the results of an internal investigation.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, is brought under the Federal Employees Liability Act. It cites Brewer’s ongoing medical bills and his economic loss.

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