State investigates complaint against subcontractor in Sun Prairie explosion

Wisconsin regulators are investigating whether a subcontractor who caused a fatal explosion in Sun Prairie violated state law.

A VC Tech employee ruptured a natural gas line in Sun Prairie in July while installing fiber optic lines, resulting in an explosion that killed firefighter Cory Barr. Court documents allege USIC Locating Services incorrectly marked the line’s location.

JUST IN: The state’s Public Service Commission is investigating a complaint made by USIC against VC Tech, the company identified as the subcontractor in the explosion in Sun Prairie from July 10. USIC is alleging that VC Tech should have asked USIC to mark the line again. #news3

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) December 24, 2018

Bear Communications initially hired Jet Underground to do the work. VC Tech was set to finish the project. Jet Underground requested USIC mark the line but court documents allege the locating service incorrectly marked it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the state Public Service Commission on Dec. 17 began investigating a USIC complaint against VC Tech. USIC alleges VC Tech should have asked USIC to mark the line again.State investigates complaint against subcontractor in Sun Prairie explosion

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