Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 30, 2013, 8:42am

A construction company blamed for allowing a crane to fall into power lines and shut down power to a refinery is seeking more time to respond to a Madison County lawsuit.

Defendant L. Keeley Construction Company, represented by attorney John P. Cunningham and Daniel G. Hasenstab of Belleville, requested an additional 30 days to respond to the complaint on Oct. 9.

Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth granted the motion for additional time on Oct. 15 and gave the defendant until Nov. 9 to file an answer.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 28, WRB Refining claims defendants L. Keeley Construction Company and Drilling Service Company allowed its crane to fall onto power lines when it failed to properly supervise excavating for a new power facility. A mobile crane allegedly fell into the excavation, coming into contact with the power lines, and suddenly shut the power down in WRB’s Refining plant.

“Due to the loss of electric power to the refinery, WRB Refining was damaged in excess of $1,000,000,” the complaint states.

WRB seeks a judgment of more than $2 million.

Peter C. John and Anders J. Watson of Williams, Montgomery & John in Chicago and Michael J. Nester and Sean K. Cronin of Donovan, Rose & Nester in Belleville represents the plaintiff.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-1472

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