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First lawsuit filed amid Amtrak crash

A crane raised the end of a derailed train car at the scene of the deadly train wreck on Wednesday.Mel Evans/AP

An Amtrak dispatcher injured in the deadly derailment in Philadelphia has filed what’s apparently the first lawsuit stemming from it.

A lawyer says city resident Bruce Phillips is still being treated at a hospital for a concussion, brain trauma and spinal injuries from Tuesday’s crash.

Lawyer Bob Myers says Phillips was in the last of the train’s seven cars on his way to work at a New York City dispatch center. The train sped into a curve and tumbled from the tracks.

Federal investigators say as the train approached the curve it accelerated to 106 mph, more than twice the speed limit.

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Myers says Amtrak is to blame regardless of whether the derailment resulted from operator action or mechanical failure. The federal lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $150,000.

Amtrak hasn’t returned a telephone message left Thursday seeking comment.