Lawsuit To Be Filed Over L’Enfant Plaza Train Incident

Metro Transit Police officers, secure the entrance to L'­Enfant Plaza Station in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2015. | AP Photo

A Washington attorney says two people have retained her firm to represent them in the Metro incident at L’Enfant Plaza and that they’ll be filing a lawsuit against the transit agency.

It’s been more than three days since the fatal accident and investigators still haven’t provided details about what caused the D.C. train to fill with smoke or what could have been done to protect passengers.

One woman died and more than 80 others were sickened Monday afternoon after smoke filled cars following an electrical malfunction that caused the train to stop as it traveled toward Virginia.

Washington attorney Kim Brooks-Rodney said in announcing the lawsuit Thursday that Metro’s response to the situation Monday was “slow.”

The NTSB is investigating the incident, which happened at the beginning of the Monday afternoon rush hour. It led to the first fatality on Washington's Metro system since a 2009 crash that killed eight passengers and a train operator. | AP Photo
The NTSB is investigating the incident, which happened at the beginning of the Monday afternoon rush hour. It led to the first fatality on Washington’s Metro system since a 2009 crash that killed eight passengers and a train operator. | AP Photo

 

The District of Columbia government says it took rescuers at least a half-hour to reach the smoke-filled train. Authorities said the rescuers couldn’t safely leave the platform because they weren’t told whether someone could be electrocuted by the third rail.

Brooks-Rodney said the lawsuit would be filed Friday in Superior Court in Washington and would allege negligent maintenance, negligent inspection and a negligent response to the situation. He said in announcing the lawsuit that the “community has a right to know what happened in that subway tunnel.”

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