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Metro-North Sued For $30M Over West Haven Worker’s Death

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ 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. The National Transportation Safety Board has said he had requested a track section be taken out of service for maintenance, and the section was placed back in service too soon by a student traffic controller who didn’t have the required approval.

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said she had not seen the lawsuit and the railroad does not comment on pending litigation.
The train was traveling at 70 mph and Luden had no way to get out of the way before he was struck, according to the lawsuit.

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.

Luden, who lived with his family in East Haven, was a 27-year veteran of the railroad.

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