SEPTA sued over trolley crash

Jon Campisi Jun. 6, 2011, 7:01am

A Philadelphia man who alleges he sustained injuries after being thrown around the inside of a SEPTA trolley is suing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the vehicle’s driver.

Attorney Kenneth S. Saffren, of the Jenkintown, Pa. law firm Saffren & Weinberg, filed the personal injury lawsuit June 2 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Kenneth Terry.

According to the civil complaint, Terry was a passenger on the trolley driven by Clifford Grayson on June 13, 2009, when he was thrown “violently” against portions of the interior of the trolley after Grayson, also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, collided with a vehicle driven by Darby, Pa. resident Michael Daly.

Daly is named as the third defendant in the suit.

The incident occurred after the two vehicles collided at the intersection of 70th Street and Woodland Avenue.

The lawsuit accuses both drivers of failing to operate their respective vehicles in a safe manner.

According to the complaint, Terry sustained various injuries as a result of the incident, including nerve damage, cervical sprain and strain, lumbar sprain and strain, shoulder sprain and strain and other injuries. The lawsuit says the plaintiff has been, and will be prevented from carrying out his daily duties and responsibilities because of the accident. He also may be required to incur additional medical expenses in the future.

Terry demands judgment against the defendants jointly and severally in an amount not in excess of $50,000 together with interest and court costs in all three counts against the defendants in the suit.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 3, 2012.

The case number is 110503829.

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