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Carnegie man's fall through bridge grate brings civil lawsuit

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 8:06 p.m.

The father of a Carnegie man who fell through the metal grate of a bridge spanning the Chartiers Creek in Collier filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Shawn Paul McLaughlin died Sept. 15 at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland, nine days after he fell 30 feet onto rocks below the bridge.

McLaughlin's father, Ralph McLaughlin of Mt. Pleasant in Washington County, named as defendants the Pittsburgh & Ohio Central Railroad Company, Ohio Central Railroad and Genesse & Wyoming Inc. He claims the metal grate had been missing from the bridge since summer in 2012 and those responsible for maintaining the bridge should have known it posed a safety hazard.

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