LONGVIEW, Texas – A jury has found an apparatus manufacturer and fire department responsible for the 2009 deaths of two firefighters.
KETK reports that the Kilgore Fire Department was found partly to blame and E-ONE, the manufacturer of the ladder truck from which the two fell, grossly negligent.
The deaths occurred during a training exercise where the ladder truck’s platform became stuck on the parapet wall of an eight-story building. During attempts to free the platform, the edge of the parapet gave way and the aerial ladder sprung back, whipping violently. Two of four firefighters inside the platform at the time were ejected and fell approximately 83-feet.
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The jury deliberated four hours after an eight day wrongful death trial and awarded over $800,000 in damages.
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