Derailment victim Roger Samuel Rivera sues Metro-North, MTA

Roger Samuel Rivera is paralyzed and has no use of his legs and very little use of his arms and hand. (4/9/14)

NORWALK - A Westchester man has sued Metro-North over the fatal derailment last year in the Bronx that left him paralyzed.

Roger Samuel Rivera said he forgives train engineer William Rockefeller but is suing Metro-North and the MTA for $100 million because of his injuries.

Rivera's doctors say he is paralyzed and has no use of his legs and very little use of his arms and hand.

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Rivera spoke at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in Westchester, where he has been for three months undergoing therapy.

He said he was on his way to Manhattan with his 14-year-old son in December and remembers very little from the crash. Investigators say the train hit a curve going 82 mph in a 30 mph section, crashing and killing four people and injuring 70.

The engineer told the National Transportation Safety Board he was dazed before the crash and that he suffers from a sleeping disorder.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by Metro-North and the MTA.

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