Family of driver in fatal Metro-North grade crossing accident to sue railroad

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NEW YORK – The family of Ellen Brody, the driver who pulled her vehicle onto the tracks in front of a commuter train in suburban Valhalla, last winter, is planning to sue Metro-North Railroad, the MTA and others, the Journal News reports.

Brody and five passengers on the train were killed in the Feb. 3 accident.

The lawyer for the woman’s family said Monday that they have filed a notice of claim, the first step before a lawsuit can be filed.

“This horrific accident was not the fault of Ellen Brody,” lawyer Philip Russotti said.

He blamed a combination of factors, including a poorly designed railroad crossing at Commerce Street in Valhalla.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board summary of the accident, witnesses reported Brody’s vehicle as being stopped in the crossing prior to the gates lowering. When the gate lowered it struck the rear portion of the vehicle after which the Brody exited the vehicle, looked at the back of the vehicle, then got back in the vehicle, drove forward, and was struck by the train.

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