Widow of Indian killed in US accident sues NY rail, road agency

The widow of an India-origin man, who was killed during a horrific train accident here in February, has sued the New York State and the public transportation agency for USD 25 million.

New York: The widow of an India-origin man, who was killed during a horrific train accident here in February, has sued the New York State and the public transportation agency for USD 25 million.

Aditya Tomar, 41, was among the six victims of a crash between a Metro-North train and an SUV in the New York suburb of Valhalla.

The Danbury resident was born in India and moved to the US to pursue his education and a career in the financial industry.

He was a vice president at JP Morgan Asset Management.

On May 1 his wife, Reshma Persaud, filed a claim against Metro-North Railroad, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state of New York, the county of Westchester and the town of Mt.Pleasant, seeking 25 million in damages, a report in Fox Connecticut said.

According to the claim filed on behalf of his wife and estate, Tomar suffered burns, fractures to his skull, ribs and extremities and lacerations to his brain, heart and lungs.

The notice of intent alleges he suffered mental and physical pain prior to his death.

The suit claims negligence on the part of the railroad, town and county and alleges that Metro-North failed to install proper lighting and safe crossing gates, did not properly inspect and install the third rail, which was ripped up during the crash, failed to prioritise safety over timeliness and did not install adequate brakes.

"This was an unprecedented accident in terms of the third rail being ripped up from the ground and being basically ingested by the train," attorney Paul Edwards said.