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Metro denies passenger’s eye popped out of his head when train doors closed on him

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 28, 2015


Metro accuses a passenger of exaggerating his injuries in a personal injury suit alleging the man’s eye popped out of his head when the train doors closed on him as he was exiting.

Alvin Golliday filed his lawsuit on May 28 against Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District, doing business as Metro.

According to the complaint, Golliday was riding on the train on Sept. 14, 2014, when he was allegedly told to get off because the train was being taken out of service. As he was leaving the train, he claims the doors closed on him, causing him to be crushed and injured. His alleged injuries including having his eye pop out of his head. 

Golliday claims the agency carelessly and unexpectedly caused the train doors to close for no reason and without warning, failed to ensure the doorways were clear of patrons before closing the doors and failed to exercise reasonable care in operating the train.

Metro denied the allegations in its July 1 answer and affirmative defenses through attorney Terese A. Drew of Hinshaw & Cubertson LLP in St. Louis.

The defendant denies that the plaintiff was injured to the extent he claims, adding that any alleged injuries were Golliday’s fault.

The plaintiff denied the allegations in Metro’s affirmative defenses in his July 7 response through attorney Matthew P. Young of Kuehn, Beasley & Young in Belleville.

Golliday seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus court costs and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-320

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