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Lawsuit filed against trucking companies & more after construction worker fatally rear ends flatbed

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The family of a construction worker who died on the job has filed a lawsuit against the construction and trucking companies involved in the construction project. 

The accident happened on October 9th, 2019, but the lawsuit was not filed until late 2021. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Ameream LLC and its management; Triple Five Group of Companies; and trucking and construction companies also involved with the job site. The suit was filed by the victim’s father, Roy H. Papenfuhs and Chryle Wright, the administrator of the victim’s estate. 

According to NJ News, 37-year-old Eric Papenfuhs was driving a Bobcat vehicle when he ran into the back of a flatbed truck parked “in an insufficiently marked” road in a dark parking area of the mall they were working at in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Papenfuhs died as a result of the accident. 

“Papenfuhs was unable to see the improperly parked trailer prior to the collision,” the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit goes on to say the area lacked sufficient overhead lighting, which created dangerous working conditions. 

The suit claims that Papenfuhs suffered immense pain, anxiety, mental anguish, and “fear of impending death” as a result of the crash caused by unsafe working conditions. The lawsuit seeks insurance coverage information, unspecified damages, and a jury trial. 

American Dream has not responded to requests for comment, and attorneys for a trucking company named in the suit denied any wrongdoing.

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