A series of Metro-North accidents that has the company refocusing on safety efforts, has cost the railroad almost $55 million in legal claims over the past few years, according to The Journal News/lohud.com
The staggering figure includes settlements from five accidents that injured dozens of commuters and cost the lives of 12 people, according to the report.
Since 2013, the largest payout of $31.9 million has gone to settle claims of injured passengers involved in the Hudson Line train that derailed near Spuyten-Duyvil in Dec. 2013 when the engineer fell asleep, according to the story. Four people died during the accident.
The next largest settlement of $21.7 million was paid out in settlements and legal fees for the May 2013 derailment of a New Haven line train near Bridgeport, Conn. Seventy-three passengers were injured when the train came off the rails and hit another train, reported The Journal News/lohud.com.
Six people lost their lives during the accident when a northbound Harlem Line train crashed into an SUV at the Commerce Street crossing.
So far, 286 claims have been filed for three accidents including the Spuyten-Duyvil crash, the Bridgeport and the Valhalla crash. Of those, 176 have been settled, Metro North told The Journal News/lohud.com.
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