2011-01-07 / Top Stories

Rockaway Lawyer Wants ‘A Train’ Lawsuit

By Nicholas Briano

One Rockaway Park law firm is looking for Rockaway residents who were stranded by the MTA on the A line for eight hours at the height of last week’s blizzard that dumped nearly two feet of snow on the tracks disabling the system’s third rail.

The more than 400 passengers were left on the train with no food, water, or bathroom and consistent winds of at least 30 mph battering the train, which had no heat, leaving everyone on board shivering throughout the night.

“We’re very angry at the city because of what they did to us,” Joseph Trainor said, the owner of the Rockaway Park law firm Trainor and Associates. “It’s just not right. The MTA had plenty of notice about this storm.”

Trainor, whose practice is on Beach 116 Street, says he already has a handful of people looking for his help in suing the city over the deplorable conditions. The riders were left on the train overnight after it stalled between the Rockaway Boulevard and Aqueduct stations at around 1 a.m. and didn’t regain power until nearly 9 a.m., according to reports.

“The fire department should have come to these people’s aid,” Trainor said. “I am really annoyed about this because the response was disrespectful to the Rockaway community. Residents were once again treated like third class citizens.”

Trainor says that his firm must file a notice of claim on the riders’ behalf within 90 days of the incident, so time is of the essence.

“The only way we can respond to this treatment is to sue them,” he continued. “Everyone tries to hang tough in these situations but some of these people’s injuries are serious. All the passengers suffered from dehydration, circulation problems as a result of the cold and some passengers even experienced psychological trauma.”

The MTA had no comment on any pending litigation.

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