CHICAGO (STMW)– The wife of a Joliet man struck and killed by a Metra train last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the rail agency and its partners.

Stephanie Blair claims three rail agencies are liable for the death of her husband, Blair Flatten, who was hit by a Rock Island District Metra train April 18, 2010 at Pilcher Park in south suburban Joliet.

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Blair, 32, was walking on a railroad bridge crossing when he was struck and killed around 1:52 p.m., according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The train traveled at an excessive speed, failed to maintain a proper lookout for pedestrians, and failed to adequately signal a whistle, the lawsuit states.

The three defendants named in the case are the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp., doing business as Metra; CSX Transportation, Inc.; and the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority.

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Those agencies “should have known that pedestrians frequently used said bridge to cross over Hickory Creek,” the suit states.

Stephanie Blair is seeking $30,000 for each of the six negligence and survival act counts.

A spokesperson for Metra did not immediately return phone calls Friday.

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