On June 22, 2009, the Washington, D.C.-area Metro commuter train system suffered a blow when a crash killed nine and inflicted injuries on more than 80 additional passengers. Now, in a move that will likely presage many additional suits, the first personal injury lawsuits have been filed by passengers injured in the crash. Mother and daughter passengers Bernea Bell and Ivey Epps were on board the Red Line train 112 when it slammed into an idle train. The pair claim to have suffered significant injuries in the incident, and their suit lays blame on Metro officials for failing to inspect and regularly maintain the system’s brakes.
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