Relatives of the woman who died after being trapped on the smoky Metro train near L’Enfant Plaza have sued WMATA for $50 million.
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.
Photo via GoFundMe
Donations are being collected for the family of Carol Glover, who died Monday after being trapped on the smoke-filled Metro train near L’Enfant Plaza.
A fund in Glover’s name was started this morning on the site GoFundMe. The site had raised $2,782 toward a $10,000 goal after five hours.
“Funds donated here will be directed towards funeral or general unplanned expenses,” the site says.
Glover, a 61-year-old Alexandria resident, was a mother of two adult sons and a grandmother. She attended Capitol Hill Baptist Church, the fundraising site says. She graduated from Eastern Senior High School and won her company’s employee of the year award last month, NBC 4 reported.
“She leaves behind a family devastated by this tragic and sudden loss,” the site says.
Jessica Prol, who started the fund, did not immediately respond to an inquiry.
Photo via GoFundMe