Meyer Distributing employee blamed for ‘blowing up’ Eastex Automotive’s commnications network

David Yates Oct. 23, 2013, 11:48am

A recent lawsuit alleges a delivery truck tore down electrical lines and in the process blew up an area dealership’s communications network.

Seeking to recover the costs of repairing the network, Eastex Automotive filed suit against Meyer Distributing on Sept. 3 in Jefferson County District Court. 

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 16 Meyer’s driver, while making a delivery, backed into a lot and caught electrical lines. The driver got out, saw the lines, then got back into the truck and sped away, pulling down all the telephone and cable lines, the suit alleges.

The electrical lines were live and crossed, sending huge amounts of voltage into the plaintiff’s building. The voltage spikes overloaded the plaintiff’s system and blew up its network, phone system and wireless access points.

The defendant refused to pay for the damage following the incident, the suit states.

The defendant is being sued under the legal doctrine respondent superior.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified judgment.

Beaumont attorney Jason Byrd represents it.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A194-897

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