Conductor Hurt in Deadly Derailment Sues Amtrak - NBC4 Washington

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Conductor Hurt in Deadly Derailment Sues Amtrak

Lawyer for Amtrak Conductor Says Client Was a Hero After Derailment

A lawyer for one of the conductors aboard Amtrak ill- fated train 188 calls his client a hero for his actions following the derailment. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports. (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

One of the conductors aboard the Amtrak train that derailed last week in Philadelphia has sued the rail carrier.

Emilio Fonseca, of Kearny, New Jersey, filed the lawsuit Monday in Newark. It seeks unspecified damages.

The complaint accuses Amtrak of "negligence and carelessness'' in the May 12 derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Fonseca's attorney, Bruce Nagel, says he suffered broken bones and head trauma and is still hospitalized in Philadelphia.

The Amtrak train from Washington to New York derailed as it passed through Philadelphia. Investigators have said the train was traveling over 100 mph just before it entered a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph.

Four passengers have also sued Amtrak, which has said it doesn't comment on pending litigation.