Trial date set in deadly wastewater accident

A wrongful death lawsuit tied to a fatal accident at a Gatlinburg wastewater treatment plant is set to go to trial next year.

Family members of Donald Storey and John Eslinger filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Gatlinburg and the contractors who built the plant and handled repair work.

A judge set a February trial date for the lawsuit.

The two men died in April 2011, when a concrete wall of a basin holding untreated sewage collapsed.

Veolia Wastewater North America manages the plant.

State safety officials blamed the accident on a construction flaw, and didn't find any safety violations at the plant itself.


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