FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Pennsylvania steel company named in a lawsuit over a fiery oil tanker train derailment near Casselton more than two years ago says it should not be held liable for the accident.
Standard Steel is named along with BNSF in a complaint filed by Bryan Thompson, the engineer who was at the helm of the train when it derailed. Thompson says Standard Steel produced a defective axle that contributed to the crash. Thompson says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and can't work.
The steel company says the axles were not improperly designed or manufactured and is asking that the suit be dismissed.
The accident near Casselton in December 2013 happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of Thompson's train, causing the oil tanker train to also derail.