Woman files $10 million lawsuit over Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill

Alice Breeman, 32, claims the derailment was due to negligence and says it affected her health and that of her three children.

A mother of three is suing Conrail and parent companies Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation over the Paulsboro bridge collapse and freight train derailment that caused 23,000 gallons of vinyl chloride to leak into the surrounding air and water.


Alice Breeman, 32, who filed the suit Thursday in New Jersey federal court, alleges that the collapse, derailment and subsequent rupture of a tanker containing the hazardous chemical was due to the companies' negligence. She claims Conrail officials failed to adequately inspect the bridge over Mantua Creek and train employees should not have attempted to cross during a red signal, according to the complaint.


Breeman also claims the negligence that allegedly led to the accident has affected her health and that of her three children. She says the chemical leak has caused her to suffer physical injuries, including breathing problems, mental injuries, loss of income and, for her children, the loss of future income.


Breeman is seeking $150,000 in compensation and $10 million in punitive damages.

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