Jury sides with victim in deadly trench collapse - KMOV.com

Jury sides with victim in deadly trench collapse

   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A jury in southwestern Illinois has awarded $3.7 million to the family of one of two construction workers killed in a trench collapse more than three years ago.

  Thirty-seven-year-old Ron Yankey of Ellis Grove and a 48-year-old co-worker died in March 2008 when soft dirt collapsed into the Millstadt trench they were working in during construction of a sewage treatment plant.
   Both families sued the project's general contractor, Followell Construction of Marion. An attorney for Yankey's family tells WSIL-TV that a St. Clair County jury recently sided with Yankey's survivors and awarded them $3.7 million.
   A representative from Followell Construction hasn't returned a message seeking comment Monday.
   The other family's lawsuit awaits trial.
   Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com
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