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Another lawsuit filed in Blue Line `ghost train` crash

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Four people who were injured in a crash involving a runaway train on the CTA Blue Line last September have filed a lawsuit against the transit agency.

Thirty-three people were hurt when an unmanned train barreled into an occupied train Sept. 30, 2013, at the Harlem Avenue station in west suburban Forest Park, authorities said at the time.

Jimmie Spears, Tasman Bernstein, Bridget Morrow and Andre Mack were all passengers on the westbound train that was struck by the "ghost train," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

While all four individuals were injured in the crash, the lawsuit claims Bernstein and Mack were temporarily disabled and unable to maintain their employment for a period of time, the lawsuit alleges.

The suit claims the CTA had a duty to provide safe transportation to its paying customers and that the agency was negligent when it failed to keep a train under control.

The two-count lawsuit claims willful and wanton misconduct and seeks at least $50,000 in damages for each plaintiff.

A CTA spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit Wednesday evening.

It is at least the third suit filed as a result of the crash.

Bethena Davis filed a lawsuit Oct. 31, alleging she and her 4-year-old granddaughter were passengers in the occupied train and were both subsequently injured. She is seeking at least $200,000 in damages.

Kim Quatch also filed a lawsuit on Oct. 2, alleging she also suffered multiple injuries in the collision. Quatch is seeking at least $50,000.

An NTSB investigation into the crash is pending.

--Contact: Atty. Friedman and Solomor, LTD., (312) 236-4590.

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