Another group of residents seeks to sue CP Rail over Lac Megantic rail disaster

MONTREAL _ A group of 49 people and businesses are seeking authorization to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013.

Train engineer Tom Harding, Canadian Pacific Railway and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the defunct railway company at the heart of the disaster, are named in the court document from mid-May.

The motion to institute proceedings was filed in Lac-Megantic and involves plaintiffs who opted to not join a massive class-action in 2015 filed against the same defendants.

That action is scheduled to be heard next year.

The May filing describes the plaintiffs as people who resided in the Lac-Megantic area, owned or leased property there or were physically in the area at the time of disaster and suffered losses.

A total of $5.1 million is being claimed, with amounts varying from $15,000 to $1 million.

The motion says the amounts are being sought for various reasons, including stress, being forced from home and the loss of income, personal property or enjoyment of life.

A Canadian Pacific spokesman says the company had no comment as the matter is under litigation.