Order of June 15, 1962 reversed, with $10 costs and disbursements to appellant Wallace payable by the respondents Pope and Justice James; and motion to consolidate the five actions granted. Appeal from the first order of April 24, 1962 dismissed. That order was superseded by the later order of June 15, 1962. While nominally such later order denied a motion for ""reargument,"" actually it denied a renewed motion for consolidation based on new facts, to wit, the alleged limited liability insurance of the defendants Wallace and Leo James. The later order is treated accordingly. It is, therefore, appealable and supersedes the first order. These several actions arose out of a collision between a private automobile and a New York City Transit Authority bus. At the time of the collision, all the plaintiffs were passengers in one or the other of such vehicles. The private automobile was owned by the defendant Viola Wallace and was operated by the defendant Leo James. The defendant (in Action No. II) named Justice James is alleged to have contributed to or to have caused the collision by reason of his ""drag-racing"" in a third vehicle (his own) with the Wallace automobile. In our opinion, under all the circumstances, the denial of consolidation was an improvident exercise of discretion. Since all the actions arose out of the same accident and (except for the question of damages) involve the same issues and presumably the identical witnesses, the motion to consolidate should have been granted (Datz v. Economy Cotton Goods Stores, 263 N. Y. 252, 254; Kelly v. John Vogel, Inc., 279 App. Div. 797). None of the parties opposing the consolidation has shown any substantial prejudice by reason of the claimed extra delay which may ensue before the consolidated actions are reached for trial. In our opinion, the added delay, if any, will be inconsequential and the benefits to be derived from the consolidation far exceed the burdens which it may impose.
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