Collision with Canadian driver leads to suit in Madison County

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 20, 2008, 8:25am

A Trenton woman who was involved in a collision with a Canadian truck driver filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court March 17, alleging the collision made her sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled.

Mary Huelsmann claims she was driving in Highland when Bernhard Epp of Leamington, Ontario drove his vehicle into the rear of her vehicle at the intersection of Illinois Route 40 and Richard Street.

She claims Epp was negligent by failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles that were on the roadway, drove his vehicle in a manner that caused it to strike the rear of hers, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control and failed to properly apply the brakes of his vehicle.

Epps was driving a truck owned by co-defendant Rideway Transport.

Huelsmann claims the collision caused serious injuries both internally and externally to her back, neck, shoulders and the soft tissues of the cervical, shoulder, and lumbar area, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

She claims her injuries have caused and will continue to cause pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.

Represented by James Williams Belleville, Huelsmann is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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