Wife Files Lawsuit for Georgia MARTA Crash that Killed Husband
SANDY SPRINGS, GA. – October 25, 2018 (wsbtv.com) According to an online report from wsbtv.com, a woman has filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Court for a MARTA train collision that killed her husband on June 3 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.*
At approximately 9 p.m. on June 3, 38-year-old Rob Smith, of Griffin, was a performing scheduled work for MARTA as a contracted electrician. He was in his work vehicle near the Medical Center station in Sandy Springs when a northbound MARTA train hit his vehicle. Smith died from his injuries. He was an employee of Cleveland Electric Co.
On June 8, MARTA confirmed that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was conducting its own investigation of the collision and Smith’s death. NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates aviation accidents, as well as rail and roadway accidents around the United States.
Smith’s wife, Michelle, has now filed a lawsuit against MARTA in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that the agency was negligent in failing to cut off trains to Smith’s work area, failed to stop the oncoming train, and failed to provide a proper lookout or warning to Smith about the oncoming train. MARTA has not yet filed a responsive pleading, and NTSB has not submitted a report about its investigation.
Smith’s death is not the first time MARTA has been the subject of a federal accident investigation and lawsuit in the state of Georgia. In 2000, NTSB investigated two MARTA accidents that resulted in the deaths of three workers. One of the accidents occurred near the Avondale Station and caused injuries to one worker and the death of another worker. The second accident occurred at the Lennox station and caused the deaths of two MARTA contractors who were father and son. MARTA settled their family members’ legal claims for $10.5 million.
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