Fall down manhole no trip to Wonderland for Orange man

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 9:00am

Reminiscent of a cliche comic strip, Karl Vanderstucken claims he was taking a casual stroll down Kitty Chapin Drive when he, "without warning," fell down a sewer hole.

Vanderstucken filed a personal injury lawsuit against the city of Orange, Texas with the Orange County District Court on Aug. 29.

In his suit, Vanderstucken alleges the manhole was "improperly secured." He says his traumatic June 9 trip into the city sewers has caused him to "suffer personal injuries and to endure anxiety, pain and illness."

The suit charges the city with failing to maintain its manhole and failing to warn Vanderstucken of the unsafe condition.

Vanderstucken is suing for past and future medical expenses, physical pain and mental anguish.

He is represented by attorney Steve Parkhurst of the Dies, Hart & Parkhurst law firm.

The case has been assigned to Judge Dennis Powell in the 163rd Judicial District.

Case No. B070-425-c

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