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Couple sues over downed utility pole

November 4, 2012
The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - National Grid and Verizon New York are being sued by an Amsterdam couple for negligence, claiming an accident during the installation of fiberoptic cable lines at their home caused severe injuries to the husband as well as a fire that killed several cattle.

James Van Eps and Lynne Van Eps, of 479 Sager Road, Amsterdam, filed a lawsuit through their attorney, Timothy Horrigan of Horrigan, Horigan & Lombardo. The suit claims that on Sept. 25, 2011, Verizon employees had been on the property to install fiber-optic cable lines to utility poles.

James R. Van Eps claims he was walking on his property when the utility pole owned by National Grid fell and energized power lines, shocking him and setting fire to portions of his farm. The fire killed several cows he had raised, according to the lawsuit.

The suit claims the injuries and damages were caused by the negligence of both National Grid and Verizon. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of compensation.

National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella was unavailable for comment. A representative from Verizon was unavailable for comment.



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