Couple files suit against Eastman Chemical
POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:04am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 9:18pm
Longview, TX — A Gregg County industrial worker has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Eastman Chemical claiming an underground pipe caused the ground to give away and resulted in his falling into a hole.
Antonio Marco Torres filed suit against Eastman Chemical on Dec. 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. His wife, Estella, is also a plaintiff.
According to the Southeast Texas Record, the incident occurred May 24 while Torres was working for Longview-based Gregg Industrial Insulators. He and his co-workers were instructed to repair a steam leak near a room at Unit 54 on the grounds of the Eastman plant in Longview. As Torres was walking back to his work truck to retrieve tools, the ground underneath him collapsed, which caused him to fall into a hole, the suit showed.
According to the lawsuit, a corroded underground pipe remained unrepaired until the dirt above the pipe slowly traveled through the pipe creating a massive void underneath the surface, such that Torres weight was sufficient to cause the surface to cave.
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