Debris from tractor trailer causes driver's injuries, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Jul. 23, 2009, 7:17am

A man who was driving behind a truck carrying military vehicles says his back, neck and left shoulder were injured after the vehicles struck a bridge and caused debris to fly on the road.

Jason Boone filed a lawsuit July 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Seven Road Logistics and Jose A. Sellas.

Boone claims he was driving west on Interstate 64 behind the truck Sellas was driving for Seven Road Logistics on Aug. 1, 2007.

"As Defendant Jose Sellas, was traveling westbound on Interstate 64 and passing under the Route 111 overpass, the items being transported on the tractor-trailer struck the face of the overpass, causing debris to fall into the roadway of Interstate 64," the suit states. "As Plaintiff traveled westbound on Interstate 64, he could not avoid hitting the debris which defendants Seven Road Logistics and Jose Sellas caused to fall into the roadway."

In addition to his injuries, Boone experienced pain, mental anguish and an impaired function of his body parts, his ability to labor and work has been greatly diminished and he has incurred medical and other related expenses, according to the complaint.

Boone blames Sellas for driving too fast, for failing to keep a proper lookout, for failing to plan a route that accommodated the height of the tractor trailer and failing to heed roadway signage regarding the height of the bridge.

Seven Road Logistics is named as a defendant because Sellas was its employee at the time of the collision.

In the two-count suit, Boone is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Earl W. Hubbs of Brown and Crouppen in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-386.

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