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The Associated Press December 27, 2011, 2:53PM ET

Riders stuck on snow-trapped train sue agency

Subway riders stuck for eight hours in a snow-trapped train last year are suing a New York transportation agency.

In papers filed Tuesday, they say they had no heat, food or water while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority kept promising help.

Snow all but paralyzed the city on Dec. 26, 2010, with two feet piled around an A train in Queens. Inside were about 500 passengers.

Twenty-five of them filed the suit in Queens state Supreme Court, seeking unspecified damages.

Attorney Aymen Aboushi, who represents the plaintiffs, says the state agency has acknowledged it lost track of the train. He says he's handling the case pro bono in hopes the lawsuit will force the city to make changes in its system preventing a similar nightmare.

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