Trial Date Set For Lawsuit Over Deaths At Gatlinburg Wastewater Plant

May 21, 2014

Damage from the rupture of a sewage containment tank is seen Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Gatlinburg Water Treatment Plant. (photo: Adam Brimer/Knoxville News Sentinel)

A trial date has been set in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of Gatlinburg and four other parties.

The suit was filed by relatives of two employees at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant. John Eslinger and Don Storey were killed April 5th, 2011, when a basin wall at the plant collapsed on them.

An assessment by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Office of Engineering blamed poor construction for the wall’s failure.

The lawsuit seeks $17 million in damages from the city of Gatlinburg, Crowder Construction Company, Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers, Carpenter Wright Engineers, and Veolia Water North America.

The trial is set for February 17th, 2015.