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Woman says utility pole collapsed and caused her injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 3, 2016

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EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing Illinois Power Company, doing business as Amerenip, and J.F. Electric Inc., claiming their negligence led to the collapse of a power pole that hit her vehicle while she was driving.

Vicky L. Morris filed a complaint on May 27 in Madison County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they allegedly failed to install their utility poles in a manner as to keep them upright.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 7, 2015, while she was operating her Ford pickup truck on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia, a power pole collapsed and struck her vehicle, causing her to sustain severe and permanent injuries to her muscles, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues and bones. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to maintain their utility poles in a safe and upright position, failed to inspect and replace utility poles and failed to conduct periodic inspection.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in a sum in excess of $50,000, costs of this suit and such other and further relief that the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by John K. Kujawski of Kujawski Marcus LLC in O'Fallon.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16L744

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