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Lawsuit filed against Rosemont company for Canadian train explosion

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  • Rail World Inc. CEO Edward Burkhardt has been named in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Rosemont-based parent company of the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded earlier this month in Quebec, Canada. The lawsuit was filed by the family of one of 50 people who died.

      Rail World Inc. CEO Edward Burkhardt has been named in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Rosemont-based parent company of the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded earlier this month in Quebec, Canada. The lawsuit was filed by the family of one of 50 people who died.
    Associated Press file photo

  • The family of one of 50 people who died in a fiery Canadian oil-train explosion is suing the train's Rosemont owners, Rail World.

      The family of one of 50 people who died in a fiery Canadian oil-train explosion is suing the train's Rosemont owners, Rail World.
    Associated Press file photo

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

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The lawsuit against Rosemont-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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