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Class Action Negligence Suit Filed Over Ohio Train Derailment

 Wednesday, February 8, 2023


Four days after a fiery train derailment in East Palestine, a local couple and a business owner have filed a class action suit seeking damages from Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

The civil liability suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court alleges negligence, nuisance and trespass by the railroad for the fifty car derailment which released noxious chemicals and caused a evacuation of homes and businesses in the area.

Harold Feezle says in the complaint that the derailment forced him to close his business at 50263 State Route 14. The lawsuit doesn’t name the business, but according to the secretary of state’s office, Feezle owns Rollerena Auto Sales at that address.

Two other complainants, David and Susan Scheufele say they were evacuated from their East Clark Street home, while David Scheufele suffered injuries from toxic chemicals and fumes from the crash site.

The suit, filed by Cleveland personal injury law firm Shapero, Roloff, alleges that the derailment and chemical spill was caused by Norfolk Southern’s negligence in the operation of the train and defects in the track system and in one or more of the rail cars.