Conrail responds to lawsuit from Paulsboro spill

The railroad whose train derailed in southern New Jersey last year and spilled a toxic chemical is fighting back in court.

Consolidated Rail Corporation, known as Conrail, filed a motion this week to dismiss some claims brought by plaintiffs and businesses in Paulsboro.

A half-dozen rail cars derailed on a bridge over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro last November. One tanker released vinyl chloride, creating an odor that could be smelled across the river in Delaware.

Some residents and business owners sued last year. And a filing last Friday that added more plaintiffs to the case wants Conrail to pay for future medical monitoring of people who live or work near where the spill occurred.

The suit also seeks damages for negligence, trespass and the cost of medical expenses.

Conrail says the plaintiffs haven't demonstrated why medical monitoring is needed






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