Conrail Denies Liability For NJ Derailment, Chemical Spill

Law360, Philadelphia (May 24, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT) -- In a brief filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania state court, Consolidated Rail Corp. said it could not be held liable as a carrier of hazardous material for alleged injuries suffered by a group of nearly two dozen New Jersey residents after a November train derailment and chemical spill.

In preliminary objections filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Conrail argued that it was protected from liability for the November accident, which sent four tankers tumbling into the Mantua Creek, under the so-called common-carrier doctrine protecting...
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