Negligence – Duty of Care – Effect of Public Carrier’s Financial Capacity on Liability

Plaintiff sustained injuries when she fell between defendant’s subway car and a platform directly opposite the car door. The cause assigned was the pressure from the closely packed crowd of subway passengers during a rush hour which resulted in plaintiff’s being “carried by the crowd” into a position of danger. Defendant had shifted extra guards to the overcrowded area. No evidence of disorderliness or gang action appeared. In an action for damages due to defendant’s negligence in failing to control the crowd, held, for defendant. Callaghan v. New York City Transit System, 204 Misc. 236, 125 N.Y.S. (2d) 796 (1953).