Was your life impacted by the train derailment in Columbus, Ohio on July 11, 2012? If so, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for disruption and loss due to evacuation, hotels, food, possible property contamination, emotional distress, sickness, and other damages resulting from this disturbance in your lives. Parker Waichman LLP has already opened an investigation into the Columbus, Ohio train derailment. If you were among those evacuated because of this dangerous accident, our Ohio train derailment lawyers want to hear from you today. Parker Waichman LLP is offering free legal consultations to all Columbus, Ohio train derailment evacuees. We can make sure you are fairly compensated for your inconvenience, hotel and food expenses, possible property contamination, and emotional distress. We urge you to contact one of our experienced Ohio train derailment lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
Columbus Ohio Train Derailment
A southbound Norfolk Southern train with two locomotives and 98 freight cars derailed in an industrial neighborhood just north of downtown Columbus, Ohio, around 2:00 a.m. on July 11, 2012. The accident caused the train to explode, producing a huge fireball. According to various media sources, explosions were felt for blocks and sent flames shooting high in the air. Two people sustained minor injuries when they walked onto the tracks to investigate the explosion, but no one aboard the train was injured. The train’s freight included ethanol and styrene. Three tanker cars, each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol caught fire, and continued to burn for some 12 hours. As a result, about 30 homes were evacuated and other people living in the surrounding area were told to stay indoors. A temporary Red Cross shelter was set up for evacuees, and residents were unable to return to their homes until mid-afternoon. The cause of the train derailment is yet to be determined. However, investigators have ruled out terrorism and sabotage, and are said to be leaning toward mechanical failure.