Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Family Says Passing Acela Caused Woman’s Death

(via Trains.com Newswire)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The family of a Rhode Island woman who died after falling on a train station platform has sued Amtrak, the Associated Press reported. The family of the woman says she was knocked to the ground by the force of a passing Acela train that resulted in her death 11 days later.

The survivors of 91-year-old Ruth Tomlin Gronneberg, who died June 28, filed the complaint Oct. 26 in U.S. District Court in Providence. The lawsuit says she was hospitalized June 17 after a blast of air from a passing Acela knocked her to the ground as she waited for her granddaughter on the Kingston station platform.

An Amtrak spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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