Train Passengers Sue MTA For Leaving Them Stranded During Blizzard

12/27/2011 11:21 am ET

The city may not have had a white Christmas this year, but don't count on New Yorkers to forget the city's highly criticized Christmas blizzard cleanup from 2010. A group of subway passengers in particular are hoping the city remembers and pays up.

The Post reports on 25 passengers are now suing the MTA after claiming to have been "deplorably imprisoned" for over 8 hours while aboard an A train between the Aqueduct and Rockaway Boulevard stations.

The 25 plaintiffs were among roughly 500 passengers who were stranded with no bathrooms, heat, or electricity during Christmas weekend last year. One passenger told The Post that after hours of waiting for help, she could no longer hold her bodily functions and was forced to relieve herself between cars. She says she "could have been electrocuted."

Furthermore, the claim says that even after the train started moving, passengers were dumped off at the following station with about three-feet of snow on the ground.

Transit President Thomas Prendergast testified earlier this month that the city had indeed forgotten about the stranded straphangers.

The city has already paid out $1.8 million (and counting) in blizzard payouts for a litany of storm-related claims including medical payments to those who injured themselves on ice and to a Brooklyn cemetery where headstones were damaged from the snow.

Mayor Bloomberg attempted to ameliorate the icy feelings left on New Yorkers following the snowstorm by visiting badly damaged neighborhoods throughout the city. He said the city's response to the crisis had been "inadequate and unacceptable," but that didn't prevent his approval ratings to absolutely plummet to an all-time low with only a mere 37 percent of the city approving of the mayor's job performance. 71 percent came out disapproving of his managing of the snowstorm.

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