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ATTORNEYS FOR AMTRAK EMPLOYEES FILE LAWSUIT

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami law firm of Fournaris & Eversole, P.A., filed a lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court this morning against Amerada Hess Corp. and W. Jackson & Sons Construction Co. The action was filed on behalf of eight Amtrak employees aboard a train that collided with a Hess gasoline tanker on West Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale on March 17.
 Theodore J. Fournaris, attorney for Nancy Clark, Shirley M. Hines, Sandra R. Shirk, Canute A. McLeod, Melvin Ray Butler, Leroy Patrick, Alfred J. Ware and Willie Arthur Dupree filed the lawsuit on behalf of his clients, claiming bodily injury, great psychological and emotional trauma, mental anguish, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.
 "Some of the crew members witnessed the truck driver being burned alive inside his truck; this has caused them great emotional turmoil. They are thankful to be alive," Fournaris said.
 "Given the actions of the truck driver in disregarding the most elementary rules of railroad crossing safety, my initial investigation will center around whether the Hess Oil Company driver was physically or mentally fit to operate this oil rig."
 The suit also names as a defendant, W. Jackson & Sons Construction Co., the contractor on a construction project to widen West Cypress Creek Road between Andrews Avenue and Northwest Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. According to the contract: "The contractor shall provide the services of uniformed off-duty police officers to supervise traffic control and maintain safety along the routes of work, particularly when working near intersections or where operations cause traffic congestion."
 Fournaris & Eversole's offices are located at 2937 S.W. 27th Ave., Suite 106, Grove Forest Plaza, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. The telephone number is 305-448-2727.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: For more information, a copy of the complaint or to arrange an interview, contact Jane Swanko at 305-663-0770 or Theodore J. Fournaris at 305-448-2727.
 CONTACT: Jane Swanko of Jane Swanko Marketing & Media, 305-663-0770 or 305-663-0977, for Fournaris & Eversole, P.A./


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