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Ameren Illinois alleges excavation company cut underground cable

By The Madison County Record | Aug 25, 2016

BELLEVILLE — Ameren Illinois is suing an excavating company for allegedly cutting an underground cable. 

Ameren Illinois Company filed a lawsuit Aug. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Hank's Excavating & Landscaping Inc., alleging failure to comply with the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act.

According to the complaint, on July 9, 2015, Hank's Excavating employees were doing excavating work near the plaintiff's electric cable in Cahokia. While doing work, the encased electric cable was allegedly hit and damaged, causing Ameren Illinois to incur damages of at least $62,540.50. 

The plaintiff alleges Hank's Excavating breached its duty to act reasonably  and failed to cover and protect the electric cable to keep it from being damaged.

Ameren Illinois seeks trial by jury, judgment of $62,540.50, plus pre-judgment interest and costs of suit. It is represented by attorney Edward Q. Costa of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson & Sly LLP in Decatur.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-401

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