A class action lawsuit was filed today relating to the Paulsboro, New Jersey train derailment and chemical spill that forced hundreds of people from their homes and left dozens sick last year.
The plaintiffs include more than 100 first responders, young children, and property owners who allege they sustained injuries and damages after the hazardous chemical spill.
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. Dozens were checked out at a hospital.
“We believe and are alleging in this case this derailment not only could have been prevented but that there was knowledge beforehand of the risks of trains transporting dangerous chemicals and tankers across this bridge and that knowledge was sufficient that they were obligated to take action to avoid the kind of harm that happened on November 30 of last year,” said Aaron Freiwald, lead trial counsel for the plaintiffs, during a press conference today.