Family of businessman killed in train crash sues Amtrak

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

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

Gildersleeve was sitting in the mangled lead passenger car, according to the federal suit filed Monday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of his wife, Danna, of Elkton, Maryland, and his two children and parents.

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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.

Lawyers for Amtrak did not immediately return calls for comment.

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