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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A railroad mechanic paralyzed in a deadly New York derailment says he forgives the man who was driving the train.

Samuel Rivera praised Metro-North Railroad on Wednesday as he announced a $100 million lawsuit against it.

Rivera spoke from a wheelchair at a rehabilitation center in suburban White Plains, north of New York City. He has no movement of his legs and very little in his arms.

Four people were killed and more than 70 injured in the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx. Investigators say the train was going 82 mph as it hit a curve with a 30-mph speed limit.

Rivera is calling for legislation mandating seat belts on public transportation.

A railroad spokesman said Wednesday that he could not comment because the lawsuit is pending.

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