Struthers sues nine companies over 2012 explosion


STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — Struthers residents will probably never forget the explosion at a wastewater treatment plant two years ago that killed two men.

On Thursday, the city of Struthers and its insurance company sued nine different companies they believe played a role in the explosion.

On March 1, 2012, two workers, Gary Wilson and Kenny Stiver, were doing maintenance work in a compressor room when something suddenly exploded.

The blast blew out windows at the plant, and both Wilson and Stiver made it out with severe burns.

They were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, where both eventually died from their injuries.

State and federal officials were called in to investigate the methane gas explosion.

On Thursday, the city of Struthers and its insurance company, Ohio Plan Risk Management Incorporated, filed a lawsuit against nine companies they believe to be responsible for the tragedy.

Officials have sued for reimbursement of the money paid out from the explosion but would not say exactly how much they are seeking.

Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker released the following statement:

“The city of Struthers and the Ohio Plan, which is a self-insured pool, have sued various companies we believe may be responsible for the tragic explosion of March 1, 2012. The city and the Ohio Plan are seeking reimbursement for the sums that they paid out as a result of that explosion. And because the matter is in suit, we have no further comment.”

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