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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.


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.