Trial over man’s fall onto Metro-North wires to begin

Metro-North railroad car. (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A trial is set to begin for a $20 million lawsuit against Metro-North Railroad by a man severely injured when he climbed a Metro-North tower in Connecticut and fell on electric wires that power the trains.

A federal court jury in New Haven is scheduled to begin hearing testimony Monday.

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The lawsuit says Omar Colon, of New Haven, climbed the tower in West Haven in March 2011 to get a better look at some deer. Colon says a shock from nearby Metro-North power lines caused him to fall on a high-voltage line. He suffered severe burns on most of his body and both his legs were amputated.

Colon alleges Metro-North didn’t post adequate warning signs on the tower.

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Metro-North officials say Colon was trespassing and failed to heed posted warnings.

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