Lawsuit filed against a trucker and a company for an oversized load that killed his mother in an accident with a bridge
A lawsuit has been filed against the trucker and trucking company involved in a wreck that sent chunks of concrete crashing into a car, killing a woman inside.
The crash happened Aug. 8 on Interstate 25 at the Weld County Road 34 overpass near Mead, Colorado.
According CBS News, the tractor-trailer driven by Darnell Yingling of Import Towing and Recovery was carrying an excavator that exceeded the height limit of the overpass and crashed into the bridge. The accident sent chunks of concrete into oncoming traffic, including a chunk that shattered the windshield of 32-year-old Megan Arneson, killing her and injuring her 10-year-old son.
The lawsuit claims Yingling and Import Towing and Recovery “recklessly and negligently” failed to ensure the excavator was properly loaded, tied down and transported, causing Arneson’s death. He also claims the incident caused his son “emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress from witnessing his mother’s horrific death”.
“Our daughter was a very bright light in this world and a fantastic mother to her wonderful 10 year old son. We believe his violent and traumatic death was completely preventable and we want to do everything in our power to ensure this never happens to anyone else,” Arneson’s parents said in a statement.
Import Towing and Recovery said they had no comment on the incident at this time. The accident is still under investigation.