Contractor gravely injured in JJ's blast sues MGE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man seriously injured in the JJ's Restaurant explosion is suing Missouri Gas Energy for negligence.

The lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Mike Tanner and his wife, Crystal Tanner, claims MGE should have stopped the flow of gas to the restaurant sooner.

Mike Tanner, who works for Heartland Midwest, the contracting company digging at the site when the gas line broke, suffered burns over 20 percent of his body, in addition to breaking several ribs and his clavicle, the suit claims. Rescuers had to use machinery to free him from the rubble after the explosion.

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According to the lawsuit, he's incurred more than $1 million in medical bills. Tanner was released from the hospital Thursday.

An MGE employee and USIC, the company responsible for marking the gas lines, are also named in the lawsuit. The suit alleges that USIC failed to mark the lines properly, which caused the Heartland crew to hit the line.

This is the second lawsuit filed in connection with the Feb. 19 explosion. Attorneys sued on behalf of several JJ's employees last month.

MGE has declined to comment on any issues involving the blast. Phone calls to USIC have not yet been returned.


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