Judge says District can’t be de­fen­dant in train law­suit

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A fed­eral judge says peo­ple who were in­side a Metro train when it filled with smoke can’t sue the District.

Sev­eral rid­ers and the fam­ily of 61-year-old Carol Glover, who was killed, sued Metro and the D.C. gov­ern­ment after the Jan­uary 2015 smoke in­ci­dent. The law­suit al­leged that the District was neg­li­gent be­cause first re­spon­ders didn’t evac­u­ate the train quickly enough and com­mu­ni­cated poorly with Metro staff.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled Thurs­day that the rid­ers couldn’t sue the D.C. gov­ern­ment be­cause it’s pro­tected by “sov­er­eign im­mu­nity” and the gov­ern­ment agen­cies were re­spond­ing to a high-pres­sure emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. The judge’s opin­ion said first re­spon­ders weren’t man­dated to take any spe­cific ac­tions that day.

Metro is still part of the law­suit.

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