Parking garage owner sues trash service for truck's damage

By Steve Gonzalez | Sep 26, 2006

Alton Real Estate Investments is suing a trash removal service for damages sustained when a 30-ton garbage truck fell through the second floor of its Alton parking garage last year.

A civil suit was filed against Allied Waste Services in Madison County Circuit Court Sept. 19, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 in damages.

The garage is located at the corner of East Third and Henry Street in Alton, adjacent to Riverbend Physicians.

The owner claims that Allied took over waste removal services in Alton from Waste Management on Nov. 1, 2005.

They claim eight days later that an allied employee, John Mayberry, drove down an alley adjacent to the garage to empty Riverbend's dumpster. He proceeded to enter the garage and drove up to the second level, according to the complaint.

"Allied had no authority and no valid business reason for entering the garage," the complaint states.

The owner claims the garage was not designed to handle the weight of large trucks and also claims the garage had signs posted indicating that large trucks could not enter the garage.

"Plaintiff sustained money damages for the cost of remedying the harm caused by Allied," the complaint states.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nick Byron.

Alton Real Estate Investments is represented by David Coffman of St. Louis.

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