BOSTON, MA – National Grid has been sued by the family of an elderly woman who was killed when a piece of heavy machinery from one of the company’s truck fell onto a minivan she was riding in.
The incident took place on Interstate 495 in August. The National Grid truck was traveling in Southborough when a 17,000-lb. backhoe rolled off the back of the truck’s trailer and landed on top of a minivan in which Xiaoyun Jiang was a passenger.
Jiang died of her injuries and now her family has sued the company, claiming National Grid was aware of the potential dangers of the equipment and should not have been testing it on a busy highway.
The lawsuit claims National Grid replaced its 10-wheeled trucks last year with a fleet of 6-wheeled trucks to tow heavy equipment. Drivers for the company even complained the new trucks did not have enough power to haul the equipment properly and were eventually instructed not to use the trucks. However, a foreman from another division was told to test drive one of the trucks on the day of the accident.
National Grid has not commented on the matter.
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