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Families sue over sewage plant workers’ deaths

Two families of deceased Gatlinburg sewage plant workers who were killed after a wall collapsed have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the city of Gatlinburg, the engineers who built the wall, and the structural engineering firm.

According to the lawsuit, the families claim that Gatlinburg officials were warned more than a decade ago that an equalization basin wall posed a serious risk to persons and property. That wall collapsed in April 2011 and killed two workers.

An investigation into the collapse resulted in no reported safety violations, but rather a deficiency in the wall’s construction. Both families are seeking $17 million in damages.

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