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VALPARAISO | Darryl Van Swol, of Portage, was working as a contractor at the former ISG Burns Harbor plant on April 4, 2005, when he was struck and dragged by a train car, according to a civil suit.

He suffered serious brain damage and has been unable to work since, said Kenneth Allen, his attorney.

Van Swol and his wife, Jan Van Swol, filed a negligence suit against ISG, which was purchased in April 2005 by Mittal Steel.

The couple is seeking an unspecified amount of money.

Mittal Steel USA spokesman David Allen said Monday the company had no comment on the suit.

The Van Swols' attorney said ISG put his client in a position that required a greater degree of training or coordination than provided.

The lawsuit accuses the company of allowing dangerous conditions to exist and failing to warn Van Swol and others. The company is further accused of failing to provide Van Swol with adequate safety equipment.

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