Damage Suits Aftermath of New Haven Explosion
Damages totaling some $300,000 are being sought by victims of a spectacular explosion which occurred in New Haven, Conn., in 1957.
On July 23 of that year a tractortrailer truck stopped to avoid hitting a dog, causing a heavy fork-lift truck on the trailer to shift, pinning a man in the tractor cab. A large crowd gathered to watch. Gasoline from the truck exploded, injuring some 70 onlookers.
Defendants named in the suits are the City of New Haven, the fire and police chiefs, the owner of the truck, the driver and the shipper.