Friday, June 12, 2009

CSX blames GE for Kentucky derailment

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CSX Transportation has sued Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. and four GE subsidiaries for producing a freight car with a defective bolt, which failed and caused a derailment near Brooks, Ky., in January 2007.

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CSX filed its complaint in federal court in Lousiville, Ky., June 9, seeking $44 million in damages resulting from the derailment of 26 railcars, including 12 holding hazardous materials.

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"The Federal Railroad Administration conducted anextensive investigation to determine the cause of the derailment" and identified the cause as the failure of a bolt on a car owned or placed into service by the defendants, according to the CSX complaint.

Also named as a defendant is a third party vendor, Railcar Associates LP.