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Barge company tries to limit liability in crash

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A towboat company is trying to limit its liability in case of lawsuit following a river collision that killed two fishermen at Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Chattanooga-based Serodino, Inc., filed papers in U.S. District Court on Dec. 17 in which the company blames the victims for the collision and seeks exoneration from liability.

The incident on June 19 killed 52-year-old Richard Wilkey of Soddy-Daisy and 45-year-old Tim Spidle of Elizabethton. They and David Wilkey were in a fishing boat that collided with a barge tow. David Wilkey survived.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is looking into the collision and investigator Matt Majors told the newspaper it will probably take several more weeks to complete the investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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