KINGWOOD - Tunnelton residents are suing Monongahela Power Co., claiming fallen power lines resulted in electric shock and serious injury.

Harry L. Bolyard, Jesse A. Jennings and Joyce M. Jennings filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Preston County against Monongahela Power Co. - also known as Mon Power - Allegheny Power and Allegheny Energy, citing products liability, breach of contract, violation of public policy, negligence, recklessness and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiffs allege that on Jan. 26, 2011, and Oct. 29, 2012, they were electrically shocked after live power lines fell and transmitted a surge of electricity into their home.

After the first occurrence, the plaintiffs contend that Monongahela Power Co. negligently cared for the power line by sagging the line and attaching it to a leaning pole, which resulted in the second occurrence.

Further, on Jan. 13, the plaintiffs contend Monongahela Power Co. had not replaced or repaired the line and the plaintiffs had to leave their home due to the unsafe conditions of the leaning pole. The plaintiffs had made multiple requests to Monongahela Power Co. to repair the power lines, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs are seeking an undisclosed amount of damages. They are being represented by Granville attorney Mary Beth Angotti.

Circuit Court of Preston County Case No. 13-C-15.




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