- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SULLY, Iowa (AP) - The family of an Iowa inmate who died while working at a job assignment has filed a lawsuit.

The family of 26-year-old Willie Mercer says Sully Truck Wash in Sully failed to follow federal safety requirements. They say those actions resulted in Mercer’s death.

Mercer and two employees were found unconscious inside a tank trailer in January. Mercer was pronounced dead and the others were hospitalized.

The Newton Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1wvwEwp ) several federal violations were issued against the truck wash business after the incident. The company later paid $5,000 in fines.

The lawsuit seeks damages for pain and suffering, past medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of value to Mercer’s estate and loss of support to his children. A message left for a company spokesman was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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Information from: Newton Daily News, https://www.newtondailynews.com


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