A Paulsboro resident affected by the train derailment and chemical spill is taking legal action.
On Thursday, Alice Breeman, a 32-year-old mother of three, filed a $10 million lawsuit in federal court against Conrail, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.
The lawsuit accuses all three entities of negligence. Breeman claims officials failed to adequately inspect the bridge and that the train employees shouldn’t have tried to cross during a red signal. Breeman also claims she and her children suffered both physically and mentally after the crash caused vinyl chloride to leak into the air and water.
“We know there are upper respiratory injuries, breathing, coughing,” said Breeman’s attorney, Mitchell Kaye. “The major thrust of the case will be what the long term effects are.”
Breeman also claims the accident has affected her ability to earn a living. Conrail says they will eventually respond to the lawsuit but are currently focused on the accident investigation and getting residents help to get back into their homes.