A train conductor involved in a 2013 BNSF train derailment has filed a lawsuit against the company for alleged injuries, the second employee to file suit against the Berkshire Hathaway owned firm.

According to Grand Forks Heraldtrain conductor Peter Riepl is seeking damages tied to on-the-job injuries, including the derailment and a slip and fall injury HE sustained two years before the accident.

Riepl is asking that the company pay his medical bills along with an unspecified amount of damages and losses.

The 106-car eastbound crude train collided with a westbound 112-car train hauling grain as it was travelling through Casselton, North Dakota on December 30, 2013.

The collision sparked multiple train car fires and forced thousands of local residents to evacuate.

Riepl claims he suffered injuries during the Casselton accident after the train car he was in caught fire, forcing him to jump to safety.

The suit alleges that BNSF neglected safety practices and did not follow federal and state laws and regulations, the paper said.

“BNSF values Mr. Peter Riepl as an employee, and we are reluctant to say anything about him or his lawsuit outside of the context of his case,” BSNF spokesperson Amy McBeth told the Grand Forks Herald.

Train engineer Bryan Thompson filed a lawsuit against BNSF earlier this year alleging that the company did not warn employees about the risks of working with oil tanker trains and that post-traumatic stress tied to the accident forced him to leave his job.

Thompson’s case is set to go to trial in August 2017, the Grand Forks Herald said.

The results of an investigation into the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board have not been released yet.


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