Lawsuits Stemming From Deadly Nuclear Plant Accident to Move Forward

Published 03/20 2014 09:38AM

Updated 03/20 2014 09:42AM

POPE COUNTY -- Lawsuits stemming from a deadly accident at Entergy's Nuclear One Facility near Russellville will move forward, following a court ruling. This week the Pope County Circuit Court ruled Entergy will stand as a defendant in those lawsuits, according to the Bailey & Oliver Law Firm, which represents two of the plaintiffs.
On Easter Sunday, 2013, a crane collapsed at the facility while workers were moving a heavy piece of equipment, killing Wade Walters, 24, and injuring several other people. The Estate of Wade Walters and Jess Clayton, one of the injured employees, are suing Entergy, alleging the company and some of the contractors it hired were negligent and reckless.
Last summer, Entergy filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying Clayton and Walters were its employees and, therefore, barred from suing the company. This week the court ruled Clayton and Walters were not Entergy employees and were entitled to sue the company for damages.
Following the accident, OSHA cited several contractors working at the facility, totaling 30 safety violations.

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