$2.6 million lawsuit filed in escalator accident

July 08, 1994|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer

A lawsuit stemming from last month's escalator accident at Camden Yards was filed yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court by the parents of an Ellicott City teen-ager.

In their $2.6 million suit, James Terrill and Nancy Terrill claim that Montgomery Elevator Co., of Moline, Ill., was negligent for failing to adequately inspect, maintain, repair and install the escalator that transports fans from the ballpark's concourse to the upper deck.

Their son, Bradley Terrill, 17, attended the June 18 Orioles game and was about three-quarters of the way up the escalator when it went into reverse at high speed before coming to an abrupt stop, the suit says. He tumbled to the bottom, cutting his leg.

Stuart M. Salsbury, the family's lawyer, said Bradley needed 40 stitches to close the cut on his leg. The suit claims that he suffered permanent injuries to his head, neck, body and limbs, as well as mental anguish.

The accident left 44 people injured.

Timothy L. Duin, Montgomery's vice president of risk management, declined to comment on the suit.

The suit did not name the Maryland Stadium Authority, which owns the escalator, or the Orioles, who lease the ballpark. Mr. Salsbury said action may be brought against the stadium authority, but he said it doesn't appear that the Orioles were responsible for the accident.

"It seems as if Montgomery is the party that sold and installed and had primary control over it, and it would bear responsibility for maintenance and use of the escalator," he said. The suit claims that the escalator was "unreasonably and dangerously defective," and that Montgomery breached warranties that led Bradley to believe the escalator was safe.

Bradley is a senior at Centennial High School in Howard County, where he is a member of the varsity soccer team.

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