Bulldozer driver claims he was injured by 45-ton earth mover

Kelly Holleran Oct. 7, 2009, 12:35am

A man has filed a lawsuit more than nine years after he says the driver of a 45-ton earth mover hit the bulldozer in which he was sitting.

Don Weeks filed a lawsuit Sept. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Janet Redman and Freesen Inc.

Weeks claims he was operating a bulldozer that he had stopped at an appropriate place on a construction site on June 13, 2000. At the same time, Redman was driving a 45-ton earth mover when she violently struck the bulldozer in which Weeks was sitting, according to the complaint.

When the accident occurred, Redman was working for Freesen, the suit states.

Because of the incident, Weeks sustained severe and permanent injuries, incurred medical costs, suffered great pain, anguish and severe emotional distress, lost wages and has been hindered in the performance of his day-to-day activities, the suit states.

Redman negligently drove the earth mover too fast, failed to keep the earth mover in the appropriate pathway on the construction site, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to keep the earth mover under control, the complaint says.

In the three-count suit, Weeks is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

H. Carl Runge Jr. of Runge and Lech in Collinsville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1042.

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