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Company sued in Casselton train derailment wants case moved

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Pennsylvania steel company named in a lawsuit over a train derailment near Casselton more than two years ago wants the case moved from state to federal court. An engineer who was at the helm of the BNSF train when it derailed in December 2013 is accusing Standard Steel of...

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Pennsylvania steel company named in a lawsuit over a train derailment near Casselton more than two years ago wants the case moved from state to federal court.

An engineer who was at the helm of the BNSF train when it derailed in December 2013 is accusing Standard Steel of manufacturing a faulty axle that led to the accident.

The original suit filed last year by Bryan Thompson, of Fargo, only named BNSF. An amended complaint filed last month added Standard Steel as a defendant.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation did not pinpoint the broken axle as the cause of the crash, but the NTSB ordered the industry to recall 43 axles made by Standard Steel.

A lawyer for Standard Steel did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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