SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The widow of a man killed in a blast at a
sugar refinery near Savannah, Georgia, is suing Savannah Foods &
The lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court in Savannah on
Monday contends the company owned the Port Wentworth, Georgia,
property where the Imperial Sugar Company refinery operates.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lashunda Harvey, widow of
Shelathia Harvey, contends Savannah Foods is liable for damages. It
also names Stokes Contracting, a cleaning-dust control company, as
The lawsuit says 31-year-old Shelathia Harvey was operating a
machine used in the refining, packing and transporting of sugar
when the explosion tore through the plant on February 7th. The
lawsuit says he was an employee of Imperial-Savannah LP.
Shelathia Harvey was one of 13 people who died. The explosion is
believed to have been sparked by combustible sugar dust.
Part of the plant was destroyed in the explosion, but company
officials have pledged to rebuild.
Sugar Land, Texas-based Imperial Sugar isn't named as a
defendant in the Harvey lawsuit.