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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Illinois high school

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Jamaica school district and Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative after an accident claimed the life of one woman.

According to the lawsuit, the school district and electric company were negligent and caused the death of a 36-year-old St. Joseph woman. The incident occurred on August 28 when a transformer pole fell and struck her.

The woman, also the cheerleading coach for the high school, was pronounced dead at the scene. The lawsuit is requesting more than $50,000 in damages. The lawsuit states that the power pole was more than 50 years old and the transformer was deteriorated.

Our thoughts are with the friends of the family.