Woman sues over gruesome Old Port accident

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    Courtesy for Rey Mena

      A 31-year old woman who lost both her legs when she was run over by a train in the Old Port  is suing the Old Port and Canadian National for half-a-million dollars.

      Pritie Patel was with three friends last year, when they found their way out of the Old Port blocked by a train which had stopped on the tracks.

      They were trying to reach their car which had been parked on de la Commune.

      In the suit, Patel claims a guard suggested that they climb over at their own risk and as they did the train started rolling, and Patel slipped and fell beneath the wheels.

      Patel says the railroad was negligent because there was no indication that the train would start moving, and the Old Port was also responsible because the security guard did not warn them that the train might start to move.

      The accident happened on June12th last year.

      Patel is seeking $510,000 compensation.

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      1. Mel posted on 06/13/2014 10:18 AM
        No indication that the train would start moving?!?! LOL, it is a TRAIN. You don't try to climb over it... I hope this case gets thrown out. So stupid.
      2. GT posted on 06/13/2014 10:27 AM
        If the guard would have suggested to swim across the St. Lawrence, would she have followed those misquided instructions as well?? When will people like Patel take responsibility for their own actions?? You made the mistake because you were in a hurry to get to the other side and now you want the railway company to pay for it?? How about the railway company sue you for tresspassing and endangering the operation of the train??
      3. Andrew posted on 06/13/2014 10:37 AM
        She and the people she was with did not have the clue that since it's a crossing, the train is there only temporarily and can move at any moment!? Guess waiting for the train to move on and then cross the tracks was out of the question, "ain't nobody got time for that". A little common sense goes a long way.
      4. G posted on 06/13/2014 10:56 AM
        It's really sad that this woman lost both her legs but you just shouldn't try to climb over trains. It's already dangerous enough when the train isn't moving. This woman made a bad decision and now she has to pay for it, not anyone else. Besides, wasn't she and her buddies drunk at the time?
      5. Adam posted on 06/13/2014 11:56 AM
        Really? I highly doubt a gaurd told her to climb over the train. They always do a great job of keeping people away from passing trains whenever I am there. Can we sue this girl for doing something stupid and causing tax payers to pay for the responders, medical attention, etc?
      6. Joseph posted on 06/13/2014 11:59 AM
        She should sue for much much more.
      7. Railroader posted on 06/13/2014 12:09 PM
        What a fool. When a train is blocking a crossing, that alone should indicate that, eventually, the train will move. There is no guarantee of when, but it definitely will. I don't believe the security guard story, but she claims he said "at their own risk", so obviously a 31 year old person should have recognized the danger. I'm fed up of people not taking responsibility for their own actions.
      8. MB posted on 06/13/2014 01:37 PM
        I don’t see how CN is responsible in any way. Trains can be extremely long, to where the train crews have no possibility of seeing anyone climbing over. They should have waited, or found a way around it. Climbing over was stupid. There will be no sign that the train is to start moving. I feel sorry she lost her legs. However, she did something stupid, and is 100% accountable for her actions. She isn’t entitled to any compensation.
      9. ric posted on 06/13/2014 02:43 PM
        When you do something stupid, why is it someone else's fault? If the guard had indeed told them, he said AT THEIR OWN RISK. Sorry about your accident, but it's your fault.
      10. Disappointed Indian posted on 06/13/2014 03:35 PM
        Okay, First off. I would like to express my heart felt condolences to Ms. Patel came for finding herself in this predicament.
        However, that being said it is after all by her own admission a result of her own doing. They supposedly inquired if there was a way to get to their car and it was apparently "suggested" to them that they climb over at their on risk.
        I would argue that the security guard should be dismissed, ( if not already ) from his position seeing that if in fact he did suggest this course of action he was not performing his job to it's fullest.
        But there is no way in any scope that the city, the Old Port or the railroad "authority" can be held accountable for a decision that she made in her probably intoxicated state of mind. De la Commune is a fairly long stretch of road and the tracks do run along it for a consider amount of that distance, however I am hard pressed to believe that they did not have any option to find the end of said train and cross the tracks safely, on foot or via taxi.
      11. yoran posted on 06/14/2014 01:21 AM
        Can we tax payers sue her for being so foolish for the cost of responders, medical care, etc?
      12. Gerry posted on 06/14/2014 09:07 AM
        Sad but no way CN's responsibility.
        Regardless we all will be paying for her care the rest of her life.
        Half a million would be a sweet gift but in no way would replace her legs and is completely unwarranted as she is victim of her own poor decision and clumsiness.
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