Woman pushed on track at Toronto subway station sues transportation company for $1 million

A Toronto woman who was pushed onto the tracks of a crowded subway station last month is suing the TTC, arguing that not enough was done to avoid being pushed off the platform and that first responders were unnecessarily delayed in rescuing the train. hair.

Shamsa Al-Balushi argues that according to a claim filed Wednesday, the TTC failed to “implement sufficient safety protocols on the subway platform”, and failed to stop an incoming train in time to avoid being trapped in a crawl space. next to the rails.

She is seeking $1 million in damages, plus legal fees.

While the attacker who pushed Shamsa onto the trail was not employed by or affiliated with the TTC, the TTC is liable for the incident, its attorneys said in the statement.

Edith Frayne, a 45-year-old woman from Toronto, is now suspected of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

The incident was captured on surveillance camera footage that later became public.

Al-Balushi was under the platform for about 30 minutes before first responders were able to pick her up and take her to the hospital.

Her lawyers argue that this amount of time was unreasonable “given the gravity of the incident”.

Al-Balushi had several broken ribs, neck and back pain and bruises over much of her upper body.

She quit her job three weeks before the incident and took on a new role.

Still on probation at her new job, she is recovering from her injuries without access to benefits.

She has no car and continues to take the TTC as she recovers from her injuries.

“Shamsa’s continued reliance on the TTC has contributed significantly to the deterioration of her mental health since the incident,” her lawyers said.

None of Al-Balushi’s lawyers responded Thursday to CP24’s requests for comment on the case.

None of her allegations have been tested in court.

The TTC, for its part, declined to speak on the matter on Thursday, with a spokesperson telling CP24 it will not “comment” on pending legal matters.

After the incident and years before, transit lawyers are calling for platform edge doors to prevent passengers on the platform from falling onto the tracks or getting into the path of an oncoming train.

As of 2018, the cost of installing such barriers in Toronto’s metro network was set at over $1 billion.

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