Commuter train worker sues Metra for injuries sustained when tossed about passenger car during 'violent' track switch

Carol Ostrow Jun. 2, 2015, 5:43pm

A Metra collector has filed suit against the commuter rail agency, alleging he was injured when the train on which he was riding shook violently while switching tracks in Chicago in 2014.

Randy G. Stull brought suit May 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Metra, claiming the commuter rail company should be held liable for his injuries.

The complaint says Stull, employed by Metra as a collector aboard one of its commuter runs, was working on Metra's train No. 400 on June 2, 2014, when the train allegedly swerved violently as it was crossing over a track switch at the so-called Pershing Crossover near 39th Street in Chicago. Stull alleges the sudden motion of the train caused him to be tossed across the aisle and seating area.

Stull alleges neck injuries and cites Metra for purportedly failing to provide a safe workplace with proper tools and equipment; and neglecting to reduce speed at the crossover, maintain its tracking, properly train its engineers, notify crew of the crossover and maintain adequate signal indication among its conductor and crew.

According to the filing, Stull incurred pain and suffering, inconvenience, anguish, disability, diminished ability to attend to everyday affairs and medical expenses.

The plaintiff seeks damages exceeding the jurisdictional minimum, plus attorney's fees and costs. Stull is represented in the case by attorney Craig Church, of Hoey & Farina in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No.: 15-L-5366.

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