July 23, 2013

Lawsuit filed in Ill. over Quebec train explosion

The lawsuit against Rail World and its Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway also names CEO Edward Burkhardt. It seeks at least $200,000 in damages.

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — The family of one of 50 people who died in a fiery Canadian oil-train explosion is suing the train's Illinois owners.

The Chicago Sun-Times says the wrongful death case was filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. It was filed on behalf of relatives of Jean-Guy Veilleux, who died in the fire.

The lawsuit against Rosemont, Ill.-based Rail World and its Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway also names CEO Edward Burkhardt. It seeks at least $200,000 in damages.

The company didn't immediately comment Tuesday.

A separate class-action lawsuit has been filed in Quebec.

The July 6 crash happened when an unattended train hurtled down a seven-mile incline, derailing and igniting in Lac-Megantic near the Maine border.

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