Supreme Court clears way for widow's lawsuit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The widow of an eastern Kentucky coal miner who bled to death after his legs were cut off in a gruesome underground accident can proceed with a lawsuit against the company
that employed him.

The Kentucky Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling Thursday, gave
Stella Morris of Cumberland the go-ahead to seek punitive damages from H & D Mining Inc.

The company had filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed. That motion was denied by the trial judge, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and now the Supreme Court.

David "Bud" Morris Jr., 29, bled to death in 2005 after being struck by a coal hauler, severing his legs just below the knees.

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