MTA mechanic paralyzed by deadly derailment suing for $100 million

April 9, 2014 Associated Press
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A Metro-North Railroad mechanic says he was paralyzed in the deadly commuter train derailment in New York City and is suing for $100 million.

Samuel Rivera of Ossining and his wife allege negligence by Metro-North and its parent agency.

The lawsuit says Rivera, a passenger on the train that derailed Dec. 1, suffered injuries including spinal cord damage that resulted in quadriplegia.

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Four people were killed and more than 70 injured in the derailment near a station in the Bronx. Investigators say the train was going 82 mph as it hit a curve with a 30 mph speed limit.

A railroad spokesman said Wednesday that he could not comment because the lawsuit is pending.

He said seven lawsuits and 80 notices of claim have been filed stemming from the derailment.

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