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Family of Plum locomotive engineer who died on job settles with railroad

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:39 p.m.

The family of a locomotive engineer killed in a train collision in North Versailles apparently has settled its federal lawsuit against Union Railroad Co., according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

Lawyers for the company and Lydia Monheim, the widow of Andrew Monheim, 54, of Plum, filed a joint motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The motion doesn't provide any details.

Michael Olley, Monheim's attorney, said the resolution of the case is confidential and declined further comment. Stephen Hall, the lawyer for the U.S. Steel Corp. subsidiary, couldn't be reached.

Andrew Monheim was thrown from a northbound train hauling empty rail cars when it collided with a southbound train carrying iron ore pellets to U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson plant on March 16, 2010. He was buried beneath the pellets that spilled in the collision.

The lawsuit claimed the railroad's dispatcher was negligent in monitoring the signal system and failed to tell Monheim that his train was on a collision course. It claimed the company lacked the resources to properly respond to the collision but waited an hour before asking local emergency agencies for help.

Union Railroad denied those allegations in its response to the lawsuit.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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