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Family Of Emergency Official Killed In Crash Files $10 Million Lawsuit

She died on the job after a coal truck slammed into her.

Now, the family of an eastern Kentucky EMS official says the company who owns that truck owes them millions.

Johnson County EMS Director Christa Burchett was helping Erica Brown, a pregnant woman, when the truck lost control and hit them on Highway 460 last month. Brown also died.

Monday, Burchett's family filed a lawsuit, saying the crash could have been prevented.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of her 15-year-old daughter, seeks $10 million from M & R Trucking, who owns the truck.

In the lawsuit, Burchett's family blames the driver of the coal truck, Leslie Spence, for driving too fast. It also blames M & R for not properly maintaining it.

The suit also refers to a charge police filed against Spence for driving under adverse conditions. Roads on January 22, the day of the crash, were reported to be wet, icy, and treacherous.

Spence's attorney says his client will plead not guilty to that charge next week.

The attorney, along with M & R officials, declined comment on the lawsuit.

But M & R officials say department of transportation workers did not find any problems during a safety audit last week.


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