IN RE AMTRAK SUNSET LTD. TRAIN CRASH IN BAYOU CANOT, ALA. ON SEPT. 22, 1993, 121 F.3D 1421 (11TH CIR. 1997), CERT. DENIED, 522 U.S. 1110, 118 S.CT. 1041, 140 L.ED.2D 106 (1998).

Personal injury and wrongful death actions were brought against owner of commercial vessel, vessel's pilot and captain, owner of railroad bridge, and operator of passenger train, after train derailed due to damage caused when vessel's tow struck bridge support. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, No. 945000-RV-C, Richard W. Vollmer, Jr., J., made certain rulings regarding applicable law, and Court of Appeals granted interlocutory review. The Court of Appeals, Howard, Senior District Judge, sitting by designation, held that: (1) wrongful death claims were to be governed by federal maritime law, not Alabama wrongful death statute, and (2) nonseamen plaintiffs were not entitled to seek nonpecuniary damages upon personal injury claims.

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