Family of trench collapse victim awarded $6 million

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 9:42 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 25, 2010

PERRY — A judge has awarded more than $6 million to the family of a city worker in Perry who was killed in a trench collapse in 2008.

Circuit Judge Robert Clayton II ruled that the superintendent of the northeast Missouri town "breached a duty of care" to 29-year-old Timothy Epperson.

Epperson and another city worker were fixing a sewer line when the sides of the trench collapsed. Epperson died; the other worker survived.

Epperson's widow filed suit on behalf of the couple's three sons.

Perry City Attorney Joseph Brannon declined to comment to the Hannibal Courier-Post.


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