Greyhound Bus lawsuit moved from state to federal court

Jon Campisi Sep. 14, 2011, 10:45am

A case involving a man who alleges he was seriously injured while riding a Greyhound bus will now be heard in federal court, after the civil action was removed from state court to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The case of Derrick Bradley vs. Greyhound Lines, Inc., was first filed Aug. 24 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by attorney Dennis A. Pomo of the Philadelphia law firm of Pasquarella, Kunnel & Pomo.

On Sept. 12, Norristown, Pa. lawyer Paul C. Troy, of the firm Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer, counsel for Greyhound, filed a notice of removal with the U.S. Courthouse.

Through his lawsuit, Bradley claims that he was injured on Aug. 25, 2009, when the Greyhound bus on which he was riding became involved in an accident with another vehicle on eastbound Route 495 near the intersection with Berline Road in Weehauken, N.J.

The accident occurred at about 6 p.m.

The lawsuit states that Guy Scott Crawford, the bus driver, drove his vehicle into the back of a car operated by Thomas J. Tsilionis.

Bradley, the lawsuit claims, suffered a host of physical injuries, including shoulder tears, disc herniation, disc protrusion, spine injuries, and other bodily harm requiring surgery, as well as damage to his blood vessels, muscles, tissues and nerves of his head, neck and back.

Bradley, who resides in Philadelphia, also reportedly suffered severe anxiety and emotional distress, and other injuries “the full extent of which is not yet know,” the suit states.

As a result of the vehicle accident, Bradley had to spend large amounts of money on medical attention, he suffered a severe loss of earnings because of his inability to work, and he suffered great pain, discomfort, as well as an inability to enjoy life’s pleasures, the suit claims.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of carelessness and negligence for driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to slow down, failing to exercise due care, failing to properly supervise and train its employees, and violating federal and state vehicle rules.

Bradley is seeking a judgment in a sum in excess of $50,000 plus interest and related costs. A jury trial has been demanded.

The federal case number is 2:11-cv-05715-MMB.

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