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CSX Sued Over West Virginia Oil Train Derailment


A lawsuit has been filed against CSX Corp. on behalf of dozens of  southern West Virginia residents living near the site of a fiery oil train derailment.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Twenty-seven of the train’s 109 cars derailed during a Feb. 16 snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Twenty cars leaked crude oil, some of which burned or was released into the ground.

Charleston attorney P. Rodney Jackson says the lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 200 residents.

Among the numerous allegations, the lawsuit says the derailment caused an interruption of the plaintiffs’ lives, including through the evacuation of homes and lost income. It also seeks medical monitoring for exposure to burning oil.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

CSX declined comment Tuesday.