CSX asks for class action lawsuit to be dismissed

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- CSX Transportation has filed a motion to have dismissed a class action lawsuit stemming from the Cypress Gardens Road bridge collapse.

According to the filing, the rail company says the plaintiffs do not have personal or property injuries, just a "temporary inconvenience due to the temporary bridge outage."

The motion argues the plaintiffs have not shown enough evidence to support their claim.

But CSX says it has already accepted fault and made plans to pay for the full cost of repairing the bridge.

A month ago, a train derailment knocked out the small bridge that Department of Transportation records show is traveled by 6,200 cars every year.

The outage resulted in a 22-mile detour around the area, which in turn caused traffic back-ups in other areas in the county. In some instances, people reported their travel time to and from work more than doubled.

Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation announced it had awarded a $3 million contract to a Wando-based contractor to rebuild the bridge by the end of October.

Work was set to begin sometime this week.

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