sago families, survivor sue companies

Sago Families, Survivor Sue Companies
Aug 24, 7:59 AM (ET)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The lone survivor of the Sago Mine disaster and the families of two victims on Wednesday sued the mine owner and five other companies, alleging negligence that put the miners at grave risk as they went about their work underground.

All three lawsuits accuse International Coal Group (ICO) and a subsidiary of shoddy operation of the mine near Buckhannon, and of producing unsafe conditions that led to the Jan. 2 explosion.

The lawsuits were filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court by McCloy and his wife Anna; Judy Bennett, widow of miner Alva Bennett; and Lily Bennett, widow of miner James Bennett.

Each suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.