Family of businessman killed in train crash sues Amtrak

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2015 12:49 AM



Photo by AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

(Philadelphia) -- The family of a businessman killed when a speeding Amtrak train derailed has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in Philadelphia. 

Robert Gildersleeve Jr.'s survivors accuse Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in the crash last month that killed eight people and injured more than 200. 

The federal lawsuit filed yesterday says the 45-year-old Gildersleeve, of Elkridge, Maryland, was sitting in the mangled lead passenger car. 

It was filed on behalf of his wife, Danna, and his two children and parents. 

More than a dozen lawsuits have now been filed over the May 12 crash. 

Federal investigators are trying to learn what caused the engineer to operate the train at more than 100 miles per hour as it approached a curve. 

An Amtrak lawyer says he cannot comment on the pending litigation. 

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