Conductor Sues Amtrak Over Philly Crash

Via NBC News:

One of the conductors aboard the Amtrak train that derailed last week in Philadelphia has sued the rail carrier. Emilio Fonseca, of Kearny, New Jersey, filed the lawsuit Monday in Newark. It seeks unspecified damages. The complaint accuses Amtrak of “negligence and carelessness” in the May 12 derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Fonseca’s attorney, Bruce Nagel, says he suffered broken bones and head trauma and is still hospitalized in Philadelphia. Four passengers have also sued Amtrak, which has said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

In 1997 Congress passed a law which caps the maximum lawsuit payout over a single rail incident at $200M. It’s expected that Philadelphia crash settlements will hit that liability ceiling very quickly.

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