New lawsuit filed in connection with deadly Gibson Co. van crash

New lawsuit filed in connection with deadly Gibson Co. van crash
James Allen (Source: Gibson Co. Jail)
James Allen (Source: Gibson Co. Jail)

GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - A second lawsuit was filed Thursday in connection with a deadly van crash on I-69 in Gibson County.

Attorney Neil Chapman filed the suit on behalf of Marianie Sanon who was hurt in the wreck.

Sanon was one of 23 passengers in the van when it crashed last October. Two people died.

The lawsuit says that ServiceXpress recruited workers who used "Haitian Transportation", which was owned by Robert Allen, to get to Ameriqual.

Allen's son James, who was the van driver, is facing charges.

According to the lawsuit:

Because Defendants Ameriqual and ServiceXpress both knew or should have known of the shockingly illegal and grossly dangerous transportation practices of Haitian Transportation, but instead chose to turn a blind eye for economic reasons, they are liable for the damages suffered by the Plaintiff when the overloaded van blew a tire and overturned.

The lawsuit claims Ameriqual, ServiceXpress, James Allen and Robert Allen are responsible for damages. The amount Marianie Sanon is seeking is unclear.

We reached out to Ameriqual but have not heard back from the company.

A representative from ServiceXpress says the company didn't own the van involved in the accident and didn't have a contract with Robert Allen. The rep says they did get some complaints but they weren't about the condition of the van, only about the driver being late.

Robert Allen told us he has no comment.

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