Trial date set in Norfolk Southern case
A jury trial has been set for the civil case involving the families of two teenage boys who were struck and killed by a train near Elliston in 2011.
The families of Steven Robertson, 16, and Grayson Hoops, 17, filed wrongful death suits against Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation after the incident. On Tuesday, the two families’ cases were consolidated during a hearing in the judge’s chambers of Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Judge Colin Gibb ruled that because the lawsuits are of the same nature, depend substantially upon the same evidence, have similar issues and arise out of the same transaction, they exemplify the “classic case for consolidation.”
The trial is scheduled to begin March 3, 2014, and last about two weeks.
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