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      BJCTA releases statement in response to MAX DART Trolley accident report

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority released a statement Tuesday in response to the police department's finalized accident report regarding the MAX DART trolley crash that killed a 25-year-old woman.

      In the statement, the BJCTA offered its prayers to the family of Pouneh Bahri, a Horizons School student who was killed after being hit by a trolley on 20th Street South on March 4. The BJCTA went on to say that it has been notified by its lawyers that legal action is being taken by the Bahri family.

      "The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority has been notified by legal counsel that they have been retained to represent the interest of the Bahri family as a result of this accident," Ann August, the BJCTA executive director said in a release.

      Due to the possibility of a future lawsuit, the BJCTA will not make any further comments regarding the accident.

      "Based on the fact that the family has retained legal counsel and the fact that this has been referred to the District Attorney's office for possible criminal investigation, it is the position of the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority not to comment on the possibility of future and/or pending litigation and/or any possible criminal investigations being conducted by the District Attorney's office," August said.

      On Monday, Birmingham police released an accident report placing blame on the trolley driver, who, according to the report, was sober and not using his cell phone at the time of the crash.

      Full statement from the BJCTA:

      "First and foremost, ourprayers continue to go out to the Bahri family, not only today, tomorrow, butin the future as well.{} We will continueto keep the family in our prayers.

      "As you know, the Birmingham Police Departmenthas completed their investigation into the accident of March, 4, 2014.{} Copies of the police report are available foryour review.{}{} The Birmingham JeffersonCounty Transit Authority has been notified by legal counsel that they have beenretained to represent the interest of the Bahri family as a result of thisaccident.{} Furthermore, the BirminghamJefferson County Transit Authority has been advised that the investigationconducted by the Birmingham Police Department has been turned over to the JeffersonCounty District Attorney's office for further investigation. {}Based on the fact that the family has retainedlegal counsel and the fact that this has been referred to the DistrictAttorney's office for possible criminal investigation, it is the position ofthe Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority not to comment on thepossibility of future and/or pending litigation and/or any possible criminalinvestigations being conducted by the District Attorney's office."

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