Kin sue Amtrak over RI woman's death after fall

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 2:28 PM
Kin sue Amtrak over RI woman's death after fall

The family of a 91-year-old Rhode Island woman who died a week and a half after falling on a train station platform has sued Amtrak, saying she was knocked to the ground by the force of a passing Acela train.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence by the survivors of Ruth Tomlin Gronneberg of South Kingstown. One of the plaintiffs is Gronneberg's son, David Tomlin, an Associated Press attorney.

An Amtrak spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Gronneberg died June 28. The lawsuit says she was hospitalized June 17 after a blast of air from a passing Acela knocked her to the ground as she waited for her granddaughter on the Kingston station platform. Her obituary says Gronneberg fractured her left hip and wrist.