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.


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.


"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.