MOUNDSVILLE – A Williamstown man alleges he was diagnosed with cancer because of his exposure to diesel fumes during his employment.

Edward Close filed a complaint Oct. 27 in Marshall Circuit Court against CSX Transportation Inc. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the course of his employment with defendant from 1978 to 2012 at yards in West Virginia, he was exposed to diesel fuel and diesel exhaust that contain known cancer-causing toxic substances. 

The suit states that in November 2014, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer that was caused by exposure to diesel fuel and its exhaust. 

The plaintiff holds CSX Transportation Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly remediate known toxic substances, failed to provide protective equipment and failed to periodically test employees for physical effects of exposure to diesel exhaust.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of this suit and such other legal and equitable relief. He is represented by Theodore L. Tsoras of Tsoras law Office in Powhatan Point, Ohio. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David Hummel Jr.

Marshall Circuit Court case number 17-C-217

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