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  • dennismk12002
    S. Shore faces suit after crash November 1, 2007 - Post-Tribune VALPARAISO, IN -- A LaPorte County couple has filed suit against the South Shore Line
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2007
      S. Shore faces suit after crash

      November 1, 2007 - Post-Tribune

      VALPARAISO, IN -- A LaPorte County couple has filed suit against the
      South Shore Line commuter railroad for injuries sustained in a
      September 2006 crash.
      The suit names the South Shore's parent company, Northern Indiana
      Commuter Transportation District, seeking an unspecified amount to
      cover Kathleen A. Morehouse's physical injuries, permanent physical
      injuries, lost wages, future medical expenses and physical pain and
      mental anguish. Her husband, Michael L. Grogan, is named as a co-
      plaintiff, suing for the loss of love, companionship and society of
      his wife after the accident.

      Since the accident, which happened about 5:35 a.m., Sept. 2, 2006,
      just east of Beverly Shores in Porter County, "she continues to have
      problems," their lawyer, Tracey Wetzstein of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik
      and Hartman, said.

      Morehouse was the only one of the three crew members and nine
      passengers on the South Shore train taken by ambulance to the
      hospital.

      Wetzstein declined to comment on what injuries her client received in
      the accident.

      He said his client tried to work with NICTD before filing the suit,
      Wetzstein said.

      "She did contact South Shore on her own and attempted to settle it,
      and they didn't respond," Wetzstein said.

      NICTD declined to comment on the suit.

      "It's a personal injury claim and it's pending litigation and we
      don't comment on it," Gerald Hanas, general manager for NICTD, said.

      A trial date has not been set. NICTD has 23 days for its lawyers to
      respond to the original motion filed by Wetzstein.

      According to records she obtained, the crash caused $1.5 million in
      damage to the NICTD train, derailing the first two cars. The Federal
      Railroad Administration and Federal Department of Transportation
      records state that the NICTD engineer disobeyed a red signal,
      Wetzstein said.

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