A Texas truckdriver
is suing seven Wyoming Highway Patrol officers, claiming a trooper
negligently asked him to sit in his cruiser just before it was
struck by another car. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court
seeks $1 million from the troopers involved.
of Mansfield, TX, says he injured his neck and back in the Sept.
2000 accident along Interstate 25 near Casper.
to the complaint, several inches of snow had fallen on the highway
when Bell's tractor-trailer was rear-ended. After the crash, Trooper
Chris Schell parked in the right lane and turned on his emergency
lights. Schell reportedly asked Bell to sit in the cruiser and
the car was struck by another vehicle while Bell was inside.
claims Bell is entitled to punitive damages because of Schell's
"willful, wanton, reckless, and/or intentional acts, errors
and omissions." The suit claims those who trained Schell
are also responsible.
officials contend the allegations are unfounded and that the patrol
vehicle was positioned properly at the scene of the accident with
the overhead emergency lights and hazard lights activated to warn