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Metro-North Crashes Cost Railroad $55 Million In Legal Claims, Report Says

A Metro North train crash in Valhalla killed six people.
A Metro North train crash in Valhalla killed six people. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

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/

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/

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/

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