Mother of crash victim files suit

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The mother of a train death victim has filed a lawsuit nearly a year after a couple was struck and killed on the tracks in Sale Creek.

Investigators said 19-year-old Hannah Barnes and 27-year-old Michael Hennen had fallen asleep on a railway crossing on Hennen's family farm when a Norfolk Southern train struck and killed them early Aug. 22, 2011.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Lisa Barnes, Hannah Barnes' mother, filed suit seeking $25 million dollars from Michael Hennen's estate, the railroad and the Hennen family farm.

The lawsuit, filed last week, claims Hannah Barnes' death was due to negligence by the defendants, including Hennen's Restaurant, where Barnes was a hostess and server.

No defendants had answered the lawsuit by Monday and Tim Hennen, Michael's father, declined comment.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com


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