WPR News
8:56 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Jury decide rafting case

Cheyenne, Wy – A jury in Cheyenne must decide whether a 2006 rafting accident that killed three people on the Snake River was strictly a tragic accident or the result of a private company's
negligence.
Lawyers gave opening statements Tuesday in a federal lawsuit
that relatives of the three victims have filed against the Grand
Teton Lodge Company. The private company offers lodging, rafting
and other services in Grand Teton National Park.
Mel Orchard, lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the jury the
company was responsible for underplaying the danger of river
rafting.
But Maryjo Falcone, lawyer for the lodge company, told the jury
the deaths were a tragic accident for which no one is to blame.
The three passengers died when the raft hit a log and dumped
them into the river.