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Lawyer Says Train Started Moving Before She Could Get Off, Throwing Her Underneath


A Pennsylvania lawyer says a conductor’s mistake caused her to fall under a moving train, but she’s not planning a lawsuit—unless her injuries turn out to be more significant than they appear.

Pat Biswanger, a 55-year-old assistant solicitor in Delaware County, Pa., says the accident occurred on Monday when a SEPTA conductor signaled it was OK to move the train, even though she was still in the process of getting off, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Times. The force of the moving train threw her on the gravel between the platform and the rails, and two train cars passed over her, Biswanger says.

“I was looking at the wheels of the train and wondering how painful it would be when I got hit by something hanging off the bottom of the train,” Biswanger told the Daily Times. “I thought about losing my legs and even had a vision of myself in a wheelchair.”

Biswanger says she was bruised and “banged up” by the incident, but she’s not planning a suit unless she learns of lasting injuries. “Suing SEPTA seems to be everybody’s favorite sport behind the Eagles and Phillies,” she told the Daily Times. “Everybody makes mistakes. I make mistakes. I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

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