- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The widow of a St. Louis County museum volunteer who was killed when a tire exploded on a vintage produce truck is suing the museum’s association and her late husband’s supervisor.

Kathleen Heselbarth, 72, filed the lawsuit Thursday in St. Louis County. Her husband, 73-year-old Eric Heselbarth, died Feb. 23 at the Museum of Transportation, where he had volunteered for a decade, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2nmfJJU ) reported.

Officials said Eric Heselbarth was restoring the 1937 truck when the tire exploded as he inflated it, and a piece of the tire hit him in the head.

The lawsuit claims the museum and Eric Heselbarth’s supervisor didn’t provide proper safety equipment, training or adequate warning about the dangers associated with assembling the truck’s wheels.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with the museum. Darryl Ross, the museum association’s board president, has told the Post-Dispatch that Eric Heselbarth was not using a pressure gauge as he filled the tire tube, which was new.

The lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in damages.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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