A Marshall County, West Virginia jury found American Electric Power (AEP) negligent in a 2007 explosion, and they must pay close to $7 million to the family of a man that died in the explosion.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of a Tyler County, WV man who was a truck driver at the Muskingum River Power Plant. The family’s lawyer claimed the explosion was caused by dangerous conditions on the facility’s hydrogen storage tank. They also claimed there an explosion 15 months prior and AEP had not taken any corrective actions to prevent a similar accident.
An Ohio jury had recently returned a $6 million verdict against AEP for a man who was injured in the same explosion.
The power plant is located on the west bank of Muskingum River, near the town of Beverly, Ohio..