KCC Recommends Fines In Blast That Killed Elderly Woman

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Corporation Commission staff issued a report late Friday recommending fines for a January 30th gas explosion that claimed a woman's life.

81-year-old Lucinia Tolliver died after a worker from N-Line Excavating Company hit a gasline in a neighbor's yard, leading to a blast that destroyed Tolliver's home at 1905 SW Navajo.

The KCC staff report issued at 4:30 pm afternoon recommends a $5,000 fine for N-Line. The report cites the company for failure to call 911 for emergency personnel immediately after their equipment hit the line.

The report also cites Kansas Gas Service for what it calls an ineffective emergency plan that did not address a scenario where excavator damage caused multiple leaks in a gas line. KCC staff recommends a $15,000 fine for Kansas Gas Service.

KCC spokesman Jesse Borjon tells 13 News that Kansas Gas and N-Line can file a response and request a hearing. The KCC will either order a hearing or rule on the evidence already collected.

Back in March, an attorney for Tolliver's family told 13 News that he would file a wrongful death civil lawsuit, asking more than $1 million.

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