PHILADELPHIA — A Danish couple is suing Amtrak, alleging negligence for a train derailment that injured the wife.
Charlotte and Ulrich Danielson, of Ikast, Denmark, filed a lawsuit July 6 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, on May 12, 2015, Charlotte Danielson was a passenger on Train 188, traveling from Washington D.C., to New York. On the route, the suit says, a dangerous curve is marked with warning signs, and was the site of a deadly incident in 1943.
Despite the warning signs, however, the train failed to reduce its speed, continuing at more than two times the posted limit, the suit says. The train was derailed due to the velocity, causing Charlotte Danielson to be thrown and sustain injuries including emotional and physical pain, as well as medical and rehab costs, the suit says.
The derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200.
The Danielsons seek damages for all compensatory and punitive damages, court costs and attorney fees. They are represented by attorney Marc P. Weingarten of Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:15-cv-03736