Attorneys have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estates of Katherine Cruz, her 4-month-old son Matthew Vega, and Ofelia Ben against UGI over a deadly natural gas explosion last year that killed five people and destroyed homes in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit alleges that Reading-based UGI failed to follow through on a 1992 directive from the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, to replace aging gas pipes after a gas explosion in 1990. The suit also says that instead of replacing the line, UGI put a piece of wood under it, causing the line to weaken and crack.
Attorneys for the victims’ families said that under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act, UGI is liable for damages because of their “negligence, carelessness and recklessness,” WFMZ News 6 reported. Dan Adamo, spokesperson for UGI said the company is the process of reviewing the lawsuit, and “has no comment on the legislation.”
Beatrice and William Hall also died in the February 9, 2011 blast. Their relatives reached a settlement with UGI, though the terms of the agreement were kept confidential. However, their son, Mark Hall, said the settlement gave his parents, “the justice which they earned and deserved.”