Suit In Fatal N.J. Garage Collapse

November 27, 2003 — The widows of two ironworkers killed in the collapse of a casino parking garage in Atlantic City filed a wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday against the Tropicana Casino and Resort and two contractors.

Robert Mongeluzzi, the lawyer who represents the families of James Bigelow and Michael Wittland, said he also plans to file a suit next week on behalf of five workers who were injured when part of the garage at the Tropicana collapsed Oct. 30.

Four workers died and more than 20 people hurt. The lawsuit claims that the casino; Keating Building Corp., the contractor for the project; and Fabi Construction Inc., a concrete subcontractor, were responsible for the collapse.

Mongeluzzi said he had investigators inspect the scene and recovered columns. They found that the forms were prematurely removed from the structure and that that the walls and floors on the upper levels of the garage were not properly connected.

The suit seeks unknown damages, and to assign blame for the collapse.

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