Angie Williams, a St. Joachim woman, lost her two youngest children in a horrific auto-train accident June 10, 2012. Her husband, Andrew Williams, was driving the family's 2000 Dodge Caravan on Strong Road in Lakeshore, carrying the family's 4 children, Jasmyn, who was 1 1/2 at the time, Brooklyn, 3, Dryden, 4 and Wynter, 6, when he began crossing the railroad tracks north of County Road 42 and was struck by a westbound train.
Jasmyn and Brooklyn were killed in the accident, and Dryden was left with severe, permanent physical and mental damage. Williams is suing her husband, the train's engineer, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Town of Lakeshore, seeking $9.1 million in damages for herself and the surviving children.
The lawsuit claims negligence, citing that Andrew had been speeding or using his cell phone at the time of the collision, and also claims that he was an "incompetent driver," as well as being "under the influence of intoxicants or drugs" and may have been fatigued when the accident occurred. Angie and Andrew are still together, and Andrew is named as the defendant and "an insured driver".
"What the entire family wants is answers," said Greg Monforton in a CTV interview, also stating that the family wishes for the municipality to take notice. At the site of the fatal crash, the railroad crossing has nothing but a single posted warning sign - no lights, signals or bars to prevent motorists from crossing the tracks.
The lawsuit is in the process of being served to the defendants.