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Judgment against transit company

The Northern California city of Roseville and the West Coast company that also operates MetroAccess in the Washington region have been ordered to pay $6.4 million to a quadriplegic man who was injured while getting on a bus.

Thomas Avery was being hoisted onto a paratransit bus in April 2008 when his wheelchair rolled backward off the platform and dropped him 6 feet into his head. The accident caused severe brain injury.

Avery's lawsuit over the faulty lift named the city and MV Transportation, which operates Roseville's paratransit system under contract. MV Transportation also operates MetroAccess for Metro.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a Placer County jury determined last week that MV Transportation will pay 83 percent of damages and the city 17 percent.

A Roseville spokeswoman says the city acknowledges some responsibility. The company's attorney declined comment.

On its Web site, MV Transportation says it offers services at more than 100 locations in 24 states.

-- Associated Press and staff reports

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
Categories:  Transit  
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