The daughter of a woman
killed in an accident involving two coal trucks last fall has
sued the Kanawha River Terminals, the coal dock where one of the
trucks was headed, the Charleston Gazette reports.
The accident initiated
a legislative debate about overweight trucks. Efforts to pass
a new law to increase legal weight limits to 120,000 pounds and
toughen enforcement failed in July when the House of Delegates
voted 48-47 to take all weight limit increases out of the proposal.
The accident happened Sept.
6 when an overweight coal truck hit a car driven by Mary Ellen
Justice and her brother, Jimmy Nelson. They were killed instantly.
The truck, which weighed 165,000 pounds, spun the car into the
path of an empty coal truck. The maximum legal weight is 73,500
The suit alleges Kanawha
River Terminals and its officers "negligently, carelessly
and recklessly encouraged and participated in the overloading
of the 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer ... by receiving and
paying for coal that was knowingly delivered in illegally overweight