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Railroad claims derailment was caused by defective parts

by Jim Monk

FARGO (KFGO-AM) - Burlington Northern-Santa Fe says a company that refurbishes railroad car parts caused a derailment three years ago in Jamestown.

In a federal lawsuit, BNSF claims an axle and wheel set made by "Progress Rail Services" caused 22 coal cars to jump the tracks in December, 2010.

Among a long list of claims, BNSF says the reconditioned parts weren't properly tested and inspected.

The railroad is seeking a jury trial and at least $50,000 in damages.