Canadian operator pleads not guilty in tug crewman's death

Oct 8, 2014 02:53 PM

The Western Tugger deck hand was struck by shards of a brake drum

Courtesy CBC News/TSB

(ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland) — Miller Shipping of St. John's has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the death of a tugboat crewman last year off Newfoundland's south coast, CBC News reported. Western Tugger was towing a barge through heavy fog in May 2013 when the victim was struck by shards of a brake drum. The company and Capt. James Lejeune each face five counts of violating the Transportation Safety Code of Canada.

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