Fourth lawsuit filed against company at center of deadly I-75 crash
Injured victims and families of those who have died in a chain-reaction wreck have called for justice in the form of lawsuits.
Four suits have been filed against Cool Runnings Express and driver, Benjamin Scott Brewer.
Investigators believe Brewer caused a massive wreck on I-75 in Ooltewah, killing six people and injuring many more.
Justin Knox of Knoxville and Ryan Humphries of Cleveland, both survivors of the wreck, filed lawsuits seeking more than $10 million each.
The family of Brian Gallaher, the late band director at Ocoee Middle School, is suing for $11 million from Cool Runnings Express.
A fourth suit was filed last week by Travis Close, a Signal Mountain realtor.
Close says he and his family were physically injured and emotionally damaged by the wreck. 5.
The attorney for Signal Mountain realtor Travis Close filed the lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court on May 20th, 2016.
"This is a catastrophic tragedy that could have been prevented," says Danny Ellis, attorney for the Close family.
Investigators say Brewer drove into stopped traffic on I-75 around 7 p.m. the evening of June 25th.
According to court records, Brewer had only been hired by Cool Runnings Express ten days before the wreck.
NewsChannel 9 cameras were rolling as investigators conducted a field sobriety test.
Brewer would later be charged with driving under the influence and six counts of vehicular homicide.
The suit asks Cool Runnings to hire only qualified drivers, and properly train them.
"Many people say it's an accident. This is a crash. This could have been prevented," says Ellis.
Ellis is also asking lawmakers to create tighter insurance requirements for those companies.
"Until there is a fundamental change holding people fully responsible for the acts and needless carnage they cause, things won't change," he adds.
Brewer's trial is expected to start on June 7th, 2016 in Judge Don Poole's courtroom.
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