Lawsuit blames dairy's hay fire for auto accidents

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A hay fire at an Indiana dairy earlier this month is at the center of a lawsuit filed by two women blaming the blaze for contributing to chain-reaction collisions involving 13 vehicles. The Aug. 18 pile-up left one person dead and many others injured. Read more about the accident here as reported by the Post-Tribute.

Lawyer Walter Alvarez filed the litigation Wednesday on behalf of clients Nancy Gresham and her daughter, Judy Abernathy, the Times Media Company reports.

Alvarez alleges that Gresham and Abernathy were traveling on Indiana interstate I-65 when the combination of smoke from a burning hay field and early-morning fog reduced visibility to 30 feet, causing drivers to crash into each other. 

According to Alvarez, the smoke originated from a fire at the Bos Dairy LLC of Fair Oaks in Jasper County, Ind.  He is also investigating if other drivers contributed to the cause of the accidents, which left his clients with broken bones and other injuries. Read more from the Times Media Company.

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MN  |  August, 31, 2012 at 09:00 AM

Do these people actually think the farm started a fire just to cause accidents on the freeway??

Batavia, NY  |  August, 31, 2012 at 09:12 AM

The next time there is a hay fire, toss on a few lawyers.

NY  |  August, 31, 2012 at 09:57 AM

With the worst drought in half a century burning your hay seems like the thing to do haha> People are so out of tune with agriculture.And who can they sue for the fog? God?

Wisconsin  |  August, 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Give them a chance Cindy, give them a chance.

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nw Illinois  |  August, 31, 2012 at 02:58 PM

What an ambulance chaser. Must have been a slow summer for him.

September, 06, 2012 at 07:47 PM

Its called an Accident and thats why theres something called Insurance to pay for these type of accidents. The multi billion dollar insurance industry makes more money than everyone in the world and they should be liable to pay these individuals. Do you really believe this poor lady woke up in the morning and decided she wanted to get in a crash, so she could lose her foot? I love how people need to get there facts and information straight before they start blogging about a topic they have no information about. Until you get in an accident and insurance will not pay for your injuries or a family members, than remember you will need us lawyers.

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