Man sues Amtrak alleging negligence in derailment accident

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 12, 2016


PHILADELPHIA – A New York man is suing Amtrak following a train incident in which he was allegedly severely injured.

Daniel Wetrin filed a complaint Dec. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against National Railroad Passenger Corp., doing business as Amtrak, alleging negligence in an incident that he and other passengers were injured in.

Wetrin says he was a passenger on train 188, which was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York on May 12.

Upon approaching a particularly dangerous curve in the track near Philadelphia, the conductor of the train failed to heed the warnings and instead maintained a speed that was over two times the posted speed limit, the complaint says.

Due to this alleged action, the train derailed, killing eight passengers and injuring hundreds more. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his body as well as to his mind, as he was traumatized by the experience, he says.

Wetrin is seeking compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney's fees and court costs. He is represented by Cara L. Luther of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei and Goldman in Philadelphia and by Frances M. Phares of the same firm in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:15-CV-06705

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