James Knell Fell On The Third Rail

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The widow of a New York City transit worker electrocuted on the job has accepted a $4 million settlement from the agency on the eve of a civil trial in his death.

Jackie Knell cried as the agreement was put on the record in court Friday, the Daily News reported.

A judge had already ruled that NYC Transit was negligent for failing to protect James Knell. A jury only had to determine the amount of monetary compensation for his pain and suffering.

Knell, 45, was working on a rehabilitation project in Queens in April of 2010 when the accident happened.

Officials said Knell, a 13-year veteran of the transit agency, was electrocuted after coming into contact with the third rail.

The MTA says Knell’s death was an enormous loss for the MTA.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited NYC Transit on two items relating to Knell’s death, the Daily News reported.

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