IDOT sues Caseyville towing company claiming it damaged bridge

The owner of a Caseyville towing company is being sued after he allegedly damaged a bridge while removing a semi-truck from a highway. Illinois Department of Transportation filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Edward P. Petroff and Petroff Towing Inc. According to the complaint, Petroff was hired to remove an overturned tractor-trailer from Interstate 64 in February 2005. While using a large wrecker truck with a boom arm to remove the semi-truck, Petroff allegedly drove with the arm extended and hit a bridge near mile marker 3. The Department of Transportation claims significant damages was caused to the bridge's structural beams. The agency accuses Petroff of negligence and seeks damages of at least $100,000 plus court costs. Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin T. Hoerner, of Belleville, represents IDOT. They ask for a jury trial. St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No 12-L-642

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