TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma filed a lawsuit accusing a towboat captain and two barge companies of negligence for a crash that caused a highway bridge to collapse, killing 14 people.
Attorney General Drew Edmondson said Wednesday that Capt. William Joe Dedmon, Magnolia Marine Transport Co. and Ergon Inc. should have done more to prevent the May 26 crash. The companies should have had a second pilot on the boat to steer the rig if the first became incapacitated, or a kill switch that would have stopped the boat if there was a problem, he said.
"At the very least, there were no backup safeguards," Edmondson said.
But Tuesday's lawsuit did not go into specifics because it was filed in response to a pre-emptive bid by Magnolia to limit its liability in the crash, Edmondson said.
Vicksburg, Miss.-based Magnolia asked a federal judge in Jackson, Miss., on Monday to be cleared of responsibility of the crash or to set a $1.2 million limit on civil damages.
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