State Supreme Court to Hear DeBruce Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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The Kansas Supreme Court tomorrow begins hearings that could lead to closure for a five-year-old tragedy.

The high court is to hear arguments leading to a determination of how much money is due victims of a 1998 grain elevator explosion near Wichita. The DeBruce Grain blast killed seven men and injured ten others.

The case involves six employees of LSI Corporation -- a temporary employment agency that provided laborers for some of the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs at the elevator. The federal government fined DeBruce for unsafe working conditions, including failure to control highly explosive grain dust.

Three LSI workers died, and three other temporary workers were permanently disabled in the accident.

The state Supreme Court ruling is expected in July.


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