Imperial Sugar families could be back in courtroom

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - The Imperial Sugar plant that went up in flames in 2008 resulted in 14 deaths and several with injuries.

Savannah lawyer Mark Tate who represents several of the victims' families could be heading to the court room again, but this time against Zurich Services Corp. Tate said Imperial Sugar hired Zurich to look at the dangers inside the Port Wentworth plant prior to the explosion. Tate says Zurich sent an investigator that didn't make any recommendations and no changes were made which caused the explosion.

"The allegation is that they were hired by Imperial Sugar defendants to help them understand what risks they take with explosive dust and in this case it was Sugar. They relied on Zurich to assess what their workers faced," said Tate.

Tate says that both Imperial and Stokes Contracting have both settled with the families. He says they could head to court in 90 days and it will be up to a jury to decide.

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