Amtrak fights train electric shock lawsuit

April 25, 2016

New York Daily News Exclusive: Amtrak fights Queens architect’s train electric shock lawsuit

A federal jury in Brooklyn will decide who was more reckless — Amtrak for parking an Acela train overnight under an electrified wire in Boston’s South Station, or a Queens architect who drunkenly climbed atop a train car and was shocked and badly burned by the wire.Website Insert Cars and Financing copyBrian Hopkins had just earned a Master’s Degree in architecture from Yale University and was celebrating having landed his first job on July 9, 2006, when he did something really stupid and was zapped with 25,000 volts running through the overhead wire.

Hopkins’ lawsuit against Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority contends there was hazard sign in the station warning that the catenary lines were energized, and claimed that Hopkins’ actions were “a minor contributing factor despite his impaired condition — he had a blood alcohol level of .26, more than three times the legal limit if he was driving a car.

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