Company answers suit in rig crash

Tractor-trailer crushed home’s front porch, living room in 2020

The owner of a Freightliner tractor-trailer rig that two years ago slammed into an Everett home causing injuries to two people has denied its driver was speeding and went through a stop sign just prior to the accident.

The tractor-trailer was owned by CRST Expedited Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was driven by Bilgunn Shijirbaatar, who, according to a federal lawsuit, lives in Baltimore.

The accident occurred the evening of July 21, 2020, as Shijirbaatar was driving west Business Route 30 in Everett.

His rig entered a cul-de-sac and then crashed onto a home at 628 West Main St., Everett.

It crushed the home’s front porch and ended up in the living room, according to a lawsuit filed by Jeremy Decker, who was inside the home.

Decker in the lawsuit stated he suffered a concussion, and back, neck and left shoulder injuries.

His lawsuit seeks damages to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.

His complaint has now been answered by attorney John A. Statler of Lemoyne, representing the company and driver.

The defense is seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.

It admitted that the vehicle operated by Shijirbaatar “hit the front porch living room of a private residence.”

However the defense denied that the driver was traveling at an “unsafe speed” and that he failed to stop at a stop sign.

It is also denying the list of injuries to Decker as outlined in the lawsuit and that the accident was caused by negligence of the driver.

A second lawsuit has been filed due to the accident.

Stephanie Bauer, in her lawsuit filed by attorney Ryan F. Michaleski of Blue Bell, stated that the rig entered a part of Route 30 “at an excessive rate of speed and blatantly disregarded the properly posted stop sign … blatantly disregarded the do-not-enter sign for vehicle traveling on West Main Street and crashed through the front of the home.

It claimed the home was demolished and Bauer suffered “debilitating personal injuries and emotional distress” as a result of the accident.

Bauer’s lawsuit was initially filed in the federal Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania but was recently transferred to the court’s Western District.

District Judge Stephanie L. Haines in Johnstown is presiding over both cases.

So far CRST Expedited inc. has not answered the Bauer lawsuit, and the federal court record shows that the two cases remain as separate lawsuits.


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