Families: Barge caused fatal capsize; company denies fault
Family members of five people who died when a boat capsized on the Ohio River say in federal court documents that the placement and condition of a construction barge caused the tragedy.
Walsh Construction Company says in court filings that it is the barge’s owner. The Chicago-based company says it is not responsible for the crash and asks a judge to exonerate or limit its liability under maritime law.
Nine people, including five children, were aboard a pontoon boat July 4 to watch fireworks. The river’s rushing current slammed the boat into a barge.
The boat capsized, and five people drowned. Three children and an adult were able to make it to safety.