Metro-North Sued for $30M Over Worker’s Death

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -
Travelers crowd Grand Central Station after a power problem with Metro-North Railroad’s computer system, Thursday. (AP Photo/PIX11 News, Rolando Pujol)
Travelers crowd Grand Central Station after a power problem with Metro-North Railroad’s computer system, Thursday. (AP Photo/PIX11 News, Rolando Pujol)

The widow of a Metro-North worker who was struck and killed by a train last May filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $30 million from the railroad.

The lawsuit accusing the railroad of negligence was filed in federal court in Connecticut by Hannah Luden, the widow of Robert Luden.

A 52-year-old track foreman, Luden was killed on May 28 by a passenger train in West Haven, Conn., after he had requested a track section be taken out of service for maintenance. The section was placed back in service too soon by a student traffic controller who didn’t have the required approval. The train was going 70 mph and Luden had no way to move before he was hit.

The NTSB recommended in June that Metro-North Railroad provide backup protection for track maintenance crews who depended on train dispatchers. The agency also recommended that railroads be required to have backup protection.

On Thursday, massive crowds jammed Manhattan’s Grand Central Station after a computer system power problem forced Metro-North to temporarily stop trains on three of its five lines. Service was restored about three hours later.