The widow of a Texas man who was killed in a tanker truck explosion at the Port of Brownsville in 2006 has reached an out-of-court settlement with RTW Properties L.P., one of the companies involved in the case. Live Lara Gutierrez is the widow of Juan Perez, who was killed in the explosion. The parties settled for a $3.2 million payment to the widow and the decedent’s heirs. The lawsuit named RTW and 14 other Defendants. The decedent, a truck driver, died on February 27, 2006, when a tanker truck that was being loaded with motor oil at the RTW Terminal at the Port of Brownsville exploded. He was thrown off the truck and died from his injuries.
On the day of the explosion, the tanker had a strong smell of gasoline, but was filled with the oil-based compound. The truck had gasoline fumes, which run the risk of igniting during the filling process by static electricity. A normal procedure to avoid that occurring is to ground the tanker to prevent any sparks from lighting the fumes. That wasn’t done with this tanker. Marc Rosenthal, an Austin-based lawyer, represented the widow and two children in this case and he did a very good job.
Source: Brownsville Herald
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