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Passenger sues Amtrak in NY for injuries from derailment

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A New York man has sued Amtrak for injuries he suffered in last week’s derailment that killed eight people and hurt hundreds more when the commuter train took a turn too quickly and all seven of its cars flew off the tracks.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday by lawyers for Michael Walsh, of Goshen. It seeks unspecified damages.

Walsh was in the train’s first car returning to New York from a business trip to Washington, according to the lawsuit. It alleges he suffered multiple fractures and other severe injuries in the May 12 derailment.

Passengers in the train’s first car — which landed gnarled and nearly unrecognizable hundreds of feet away from the track — suffered the most severe injuries, doctors said. Most passengers were hurt by flying luggage and their fellow commuters being hurled around inside the train car, landing hard on seats and other people.

The lawsuit said Walsh is entitled to punitive damages because Amtrak’s conduct was “outrageous, willful and grossly reckless.” Investigators said Train 188 from Washington, D.C. to New York was traveling more than 100 mph as it turned into a curve zoned for 50 mph when it derailed just outside of the Amtrak Philadelphia station.

The transit agency said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Last week, a spokesman for Amtrak said the company takes “full responsibility” for the crash and is working with victims and their families to coordinate travel and medical expenses.