Trial accusing Durango railroad of starting 416 Fire to take place in Denver

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Bob

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D&SNG attorneys pushed to have hearings held locally


A federal judge has ruled that a trial in which the U.S. government seeks to recover an estimated $25 million from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for fighting the 416 Fire will take place in Denver.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn issued an order this week for a jury trial to start Sept. 13, 2021, at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver.

The U.S. government filed the lawsuit in July 2019, one year after the fire, alleging a cinder emitted from a locomotive started the wildfire, which burned an estimated 54,000 acres north of Durango.
 

Bret_D

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I can't imagine the gubment will win this. The railroad is the model of due diligence (IMO) in how they follow their trains with equiment to put out any small fires they may start.
 




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