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Metro sues insurance company over deadly Red Line crash

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $13 million from its insurance company, claiming that it has failed to pay costs and extra expenses in connection with the 2009 rail crash that killed nine people.

The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Boston-based Lexington Insurance Co. A malfunctioning electronic circuit caused trains to crash near the Fort Totten station on June 22, 2009, on Metro's red line, killing a train operator and eight passengers.

Metro claims that since the crash it has experienced a drastic drop in ridership and that transit agency property has still not returned to normal operations.

An after-hours call on Tuesday night from The Associated Press to Lexington Insurance was not immediately returned.

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