The lawsuit filed today charges that Carol Glover, 61, died after the Jan. 12 accident because of negligence by Metro, documents published by WAMU show.
Metro failed to inspect and maintain equipment, properly train employees and follow emergency response protocols, the suit says.
Glover’s death robs her family of income, guidance and parental care, the suit states.
“As a further direct and proximate result of Defendant WMATA’s negligence, Ms. Glover’s estate lost the probable future earnings and other economic and non-economic damages recoverable under the applicable District of Columbia law.”
Lawyer Pat Regan argued that Metro should have been able to prevent the Alexandria resident’s death, he told NBC Washington.
“This was a situation where they should have been able to get people out of that train long before Carol Glover suffered an injury, never mind passed away,” Regan said.
Glover, a grandmother who attended Capitol Hill Baptist Church (525 A St. NE) died of acute respiratory failure due to smoke exposure, medical examiners determined. Dozens of other commuters were hospitalized.
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