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Woman sues Metra over husband's 2004 train death

The widow of a man killed in 2004 after being hit by a Metra train is suing the commuter rail agency, saying it acted negligently and is responsible for a crossing gate failing to lower in time.

Gerald S. Sexton, the lawsuit says, was driving his Ford Escort on Feb. 10, 2004, when he was struck and killed after he was hit by Rock Island Metra train on Chicago’s Far South Side.

Sexton was hit near the intersection of Marshfield Avenue and 111th Street, according to the suit filed Tuesday by Sexton’s widow, Bernadette Sexton, in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit asks for more than $50,000 in damages.

Reached by phone Thursday, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis declined to comment.

mitsmith@tribune.com

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