A third lawsuit has been filed relating to the Paulsboro train derailment last November that released a hazardous chemical in southern New Jersey.
On November 30, seven cars of an 84-car train derailed on or near a swivel-style bridge over Mantua Creek. The accident released vinyl chloride, leading to the evacuation of more than 329 families and businesses. No one was seriously sickened though dozens were checked out at a hospital.
In December, 54 people sued Conrail and its parent company CSX. The Paulsboro residents sought money as well as a medical screening.
The latest lawsuit, announced on Tuesday, was filed by the Princeton law firm Lieberman and Blecher on behalf of 52 adults and children who live closely to the site of the derailment.
The law firm stated the following in a press release:
The eight count complaint alleges that the railroad defendants, as well as the engineer of the train that derailed and the dispatcher who allegedly authorized the train to proceed, committed negligence, engaged in an abnormally dangerous activity, committed negligent supervision, committed a trespass, committed assault and battery, and created a private and public nuisance.
The suit seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, medical surveillance and attorney fees for those who have been injured or otherwise impacted by the train derailment and its aftermath.