Pilot blamed for customer's icy slip

Kelly Holleran Sep. 19, 2011, 4:00pm


A Louisiana man claims he had to undergo surgery for a torn rotator cuff after falling on ice at a Pilot gas station.

John Barlow filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Pilot Travel Centers.

In his complaint, Barlow alleges he stopped by a Flying J truck stop in Granite City to purchase fuel on Dec. 16.

"In order to complete his purchase, it was necessary for plaintiff to go inside the Flying J Truck Stop to complete that purchase and to do so, he had to move his truck from the fuel island to the parking lot," the suit states.

As Barlow was approaching the entrance to the Flying J, he slipped on ice and snow, causing him to fall, according to the complaint.

In addition to his surgery, Barlow suffered disability, lost his normal life and his earning capacity and suffered pain because of his fall, the complaint says.

He blames Pilot for causing his injuries, saying the gas station negligently failed to provide a safe entrance, failed to clean off ice and snow and failed to properly illuminate its entrance and exit.

Barlow seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Ronald A. Roth of Roth Evans in Granite City will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-891.

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