Passenger sues Metra over 2011 crash that killed truck driver in Mount Prospect

Tribune reporter

A passenger on a Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line train involved in a crash with a truck in Mount Prospect last May that injured three dozen people and killed the truck driver filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the railroad agency for his injuries.

The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court says the commuter rail agency was negligent because it allegedly used a train with no lights, no horn, inadequate brakes and an excessive number of rail cars.

The train was traveling east on the tracks near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Mount Prospect Road when it hit a concrete-carrying truck heading northwest on the Northwest Highway that tried to turn left onto Mount Prospect Road.

The lawsuit says Rafael Ortiz, the plaintiff, suffered from a number of permanent and temporary injuries to his head, body, mind, limbs and nervous systems for which he has had to pay medical bills.

The truck driver, Kazimierz Karasek, was killed in the wreck.

Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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