A lawsuit has been filed arising out of an explosion that killed a worker at a Valero oil refinery in Memphis. The wrongful death and injury lawsuit was filed by Richard Cuevas and Luis Santos, who were working at the refinery when the March 6th explosion occurred. In addition to his own claim, Cuevas also sued on behalf of his two brothers, one who died and another who remains hospitalized with burns over 70 percent of his body. The lawsuit claims severe and gross negligence, alleging that there was a failure to ensure that there were no hazardous or flammable gases in a flare line and there was a failure to provide timely firefighting assistance.

The lawsuit, which was filed in San Antonio, Texas, also alleges that the fire on March 6th was the third fire at the refinery in less than two years. It alleges there was no automatic firefighting equipment in place at the time of the recent explosion. Daniel Reyes Cuevas is currently in a Memphis hospital with burn wounds. His brother Nicolas Cuevas died. Another man, Guadalupe Torres, also remains hospitalized, but he is not involved in this lawsuit. All five men worked for subcontractor JV Industrial of Pasadena, Texas.

Source: Associated Press

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