Judge: Entergy Can be Sued in Accident

Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an article today by David Smith stating the following:

Judge: Entergy can be sued in accident

Pope County Circuit Judge Dennis Sutterfield has ruled that Entergy Arkansas can be sued by the families of a worker who died and another who was injured in an accident at Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville last year on Easter Sunday…

Wade Walters was crushed to death when a crane collapsed at the power plant. Jess Clayton was injured in the same accident.

Entergy Arkansas and two other defendants filed motions to dismiss the cases because, they argued, Walters and Clayton were special employees of Entergy Arkansas, therefore making Entergy Arkansas immune from the lawsuits.

But Sutterfield said both Walters and Clayton were covered by workers’ compensation insurance provided by Precision Surveillance Co., a subcontractor, the day of the accident.