CHARLESTON – Verizon West Virginia has sued the state Department of Transportation for damaging telephone cables in a mowing accident.

In the suit, filed last month in Kanawha Circuit Court, Verizon claims DOH employees or agents were trimming with a raised mower in the area of Whitestick Street and Cabell Heights Road in Beckley on Oct. 21, 2003.

The workers, the suit claims, negligently damaged or caused to be damaged telephone cables belonging to Verizon.

The suit, filed by attorney Ronda L. Harvey, says the DOH breached a duty to exercise reasonable and due care around Verizon West Virginia communication cables and facilities.

That negligence, the suit claims, caused losses, expenses and damages including annoyance, inconvenience and loss of revenues.

Verizon seeks compensatory damages of $12,114.08 as well as attorney fees, court costs and other relief.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 05-C-2760

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