WEST POINT, KY (WAVE) – Four people have filed a class action lawsuit after a train derailment.
The Jones Ward law office in Louisville filed suit on Tuesday, naming P&L Transportation, RJ Corman, CSX and CTEH.
The suit states they want to hold the companies accountable for what occurred on October 29 after Paducah and Louisville train cars carrying hazardous materials derailed. Two days later an explosion broke out at the site when officials said workers got a blow torch too close.
Public officials acknowledged the area could have been dangerous for nearby residents following the fire and ordered evacuation and shelter in place warnings that lasted days.
Jasper Ward, the plaintiff's attorney, said the lawsuit represents, "Everyone who was hurt and injured by the train derailment last month in West Point."
Ward was referring to anyone in the five mile radius, who was evacuated or was effected in any way in their day to day lives, "There were a number of businesses in the area that had to evacuate that had to close of because of traffic restrictions and because of people having to leave have suffered losses."
P&L tried to reimburse people for food, hotel expenses and even work days lost early on.
The attorneys maintain the residents had no way of knowing so early what their costs would be.
Ward said, "They are not giving people anywhere near the amount of money that they've actually lost in the short term and again, they're using this one size fits all formula which is not working for the people down there."
The suit asks for damages as a result of the train derailment for those in West Point and nearby areas.
A spokesperson for P&L Railway said they have not reviewed the lawsuit and cannot comment.