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Danbury Man Files Second Lawsuit Against Metro-North In Fatal Crash

The Commerce Street railroad crossing in Valhalla where a train-SUV accident Feb. 3 killed six people.
The Commerce Street railroad crossing in Valhalla where a train-SUV accident Feb. 3 killed six people. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

DANBURY, Conn. -- A Danbury man injured in a collision last month between a car and a Metro-North train in New York plans to sue the commuter railroad, according to a story in The News-Times.

Julia Gonzalo Loja Mendoza was injured Feb. 3 when a Metro-North train struck a vehicle on the tracks at a grade crossing in Valhalla, N.Y. Mendoza, a construction worker, was riding in the middle of the first car, the story said. He was treated for injuries to his head, neck, spine, shoulders, chest and hands after jumping out a window from the burning train car.

Mendoza's lawyer, Agostinho J. Ribeiro, says his client has been unable to work since the accident.

Last week, a Mount Kisco, N.Y., lawyer filed an intent to sue. Michael Colquhoun, 55, named the railroad, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York state in a $10 million claim filed by Manhattan attorney Robert Vilensky.

Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont was driving a Mercedes SUV that was on the railroad tracks at Commerce Street in Valhalla, after a gate came down on the rear of her SUV. When the train struck her car, there was an explosion and the third rail pierced the first two cars of the northbound commuter train.  The crash killed Brody and five passengers in the first rail car, including a man from Danbury.

Click here for the News-Times story.

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