Robert Clifford calls for NTSB investigation into tragic UP
derailment in Glenview
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[July 17, 2012]
CHICAGO -- Robert A. Clifford, lead
attorney for the Lindner family in the civil action against Union
Pacific, has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to
investigate the cause of the July 4 derailment that killed a
Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, wrote to the NTSB
chairman, Deborah Hersman, on Monday, asking for the board to
exercise its "authority to investigate and establish the facts,
circumstances and conditions surrounding this incident, and
subsequently determine the probable cause of the derailment that
resulted in the deaths of both Burton and Zorine Lindner."
Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad Co.
currently are heading the investigation, which Clifford said in his
letter had "at a minimum, the appearance of impropriety if not an
outright conflict of interest." Clifford went on to say: "The FRA
admittedly has limited investigative resources. The UPRC is
obviously biased and has already demonstrated a lack of transparency
in the derailment facts that have been released to the public."
He said that discovering the cause of the tragedy in Glenview
required the "independent, unbiased investigative resources of the
NTSB," which could result in "significant nationwide safety
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He concluded by saying: "The NTSB is the appropriate governmental
agency to independently and objectively investigate this preventable
disaster. There are lessons to be learned from this incident that
can help assure that there is not an additional senseless loss of
life in the future, and the NTSB is in the best position to assure
those lessons are learned and acted upon."
Clifford attended the public hearing Monday night at Glenbrook
North High School in Northbrook on behalf of the Lindner family.
Clifford Law Offices was brought on by the family a week ago to head
[Text from file received from
Clifford Law Offices]