Jury Finds SDG&E Negligent

By Staff Writer | September 5, 2008
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In 2004, four Marines flying a UH-1N Huey crashed into a 130-ft utility tower at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. All the Marines lost their lives. Yesterday, a California jury found the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. negligent for failure to install safety lights on the tower and awarded the families more than $55 million. Typically lights must be installed on towers 200 ft or higher, but the company was aware that most collisions occur at lower altitudes and Marines consistently run late-night, low-flying practices in the area. According to reports, SDG&E said the power line had been on the base for 25 years and they would have installed lights if the Marine Corps had asked. For related news


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