BNSF was ordered to pay 21.6 million dollars to families of four victims
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a civil case that resulted in more than 21-million dollars being awarded to the families of victims in a fatal train accident in Anoka. Back in September of 2003, four young people were killed when the car they were in was struck by a freight train at a crossing in the city of Anoka. In a civil trial, a jury ruled that the crossing gate was not working properly, and ordered Burlington Northern Santa Fe to pay the victims families 21.6 million dollars. While the appeals court ruled a new trial should take place based on errors in jury instruction, the money award will stand pending that new trial.