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First Passenger Lawsuit Filed In Metro-North Derailment

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A Mystic woman injured in last week’s train crash in Bridgeport filed suit against Metro-North Friday.

The federal lawsuit filed by Elizabeth and Peter Sorensen states that the railroad company’s negligence caused the crash. The lawsuit, filed by Stratton and Faxon of New Haven, does not provide specific allegations.

On May 17, the eastbound 4:41 p.m. train out of Grand Central Terminal in New York derailed just east of the Fairfield Metro station. The westbound 5:35 p.m. train from New Haven then struck the side of the eastbound train.

Elizabeth Sorensen, 65, was a passenger on the train returning to Connecticut from Grand Central Station.

There were 70 people injured in the crash. Sorensen is one of three still in a hospital.

The lawsuit states she suffered severe fractures to her legs, arm, and pelvis, and has already undergone multiple surgeries. She also sustained brain trauma when she was thrown around the interior of the train at the time of its derailment. She is expected to remain hospitalized for several months, her lawyer said.

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