NJ blames trucking companies, drivers for fiery wreck

| 5/7/2002

New Jersey is suing four trucking companies and three of their drivers over a fiery crash last summer that shut part of Interstate 80 for months. The lawsuit seeks repayment of the $6 million the state paid to rebuild the four-mile stretch of highway.

The Attorney General's office alleges all three drivers failed to control their trucks or were following too closely to brake adequately. The suit, filed last week in state Superior Court, demands that the four companies turn over their insurance documents from the crash June 22, 2001.

Named as defendants are trucking companies JLow Express Inc. and driver James Laboo; Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. of Kenilworth; Richard Dahn Inc. of Lafayette and driver Walter Gardner Jr.; and Venco Leasing Inc. of Emlenton, PA, and driver Leo Willette.