Fight Over New Jersey Train Derailment Enters Courtroom Phase

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Train tracks (jdj150/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

The fight over a southern New Jersey train derailment and chemical spill last year is heading to the courtroom.

First-responders are filing a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Conrail was negligent in the aftermath of the derailment and chemical spill. They say Conrail was ordering its workers to get away from the site while telling officials that the cloud of vinyl chloride was "not that toxic" and that an evacuation was not needed.

That information came out last month during a National Transportation Safety Board hearing on the November 30th incident in Paulsboro.

Vinyl chloride has been linked to cancer in high amounts.

A Conrail spokesman says the company will respond in court.

More than 250 people have sued over the mishap.



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