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Polk lawsuit filed over CSX train crash

A lawsuit has been filed by the mothers of two Mulberry men who died last year when a CSX train struck their sport utility vehicle at a railroad crossing.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court in Bartow and seeks $20 million in damages from the company.

Anthony Young and Eren Askew were killed in the Feb. 24 crash. Young was driving the SUV, and Askew was a passenger. The Florida Highway Patrol said the vehicle attempted to cross the railroad tracks and was hit.

The lawsuit alleges that CSX did not properly maintain trees and brush, and obscured the oncoming train.

A CSX spokeswoman told the Ledger that the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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