Barge crash on Tennessee River kills two

Location: Benton County, Tennessee
Plaintiff: The widow of a Tennessee man 
Defendant: A barge company
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, gross negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, wrongful death in the case when a man was killed after a barge collided with his boat on the Tennessee River


The plaintiff was a passenger on a friend’s fishing boat on the Tennessee River in Benton County. The two were participating in a night fishing tournament. A ship pushing 25 barges – more barges than is typical for a vessel of its size at night on a heavily trafficked waterway – collided with the fishing boat.

The plaintiff sustained numerous injuries, including a skull fracture, and experienced excruciating physical and mental pain and suffering, and drowned to his death. The driver of the fishing boat also drowned on the collision.

The barge was not properly lit so as to alert its presence and size to other people or boats on the river. It also failed to have sufficient personnel aboard to maintain appropriate lookout and minimize the risk of collision.

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