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Civil trial scheduled in Waterloo tanker crash suit
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Civil trial scheduled in Waterloo tanker crash suit

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Waterloo firefighters work at the scene after a fuel tanker truck crashed into a home Thursday at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

WATERLOO – Trial has been scheduled for a Waterloo resident’s lawsuit against a convenience store company over a biodiesel tanker that slammed into his home in August.

Attorneys for resident Andy Olson filed a suit against Kwik Trip Inc. in September alleging the chain was negligent in the Aug. 20 collision.

Trial was tentatively set to begin in February 2022 in Black Hawk County District Court during a conference Thursday.

Authorities said Dakota David Luck, 25, of Evansdale, commandeered a semi hauling 7,600 gallons of biodiesel at Kwik Trip’s fuel blending facility on West Ridgeway Avenue while naked and drove off, running stop signs and clipping other vehicles before crashing into the home as Olson slept inside.

The suit, filed by attorney David Dutton, said the chain was negligent for leaving a loaded tanker truck unattended and accessible to a “disturbed stranger.” Court records filed as part of the criminal case describe Luck as an employee at the blending facility.

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The crash damaged Olson’s home and spilled thousands of gallons of biodiesel, triggering mitigation and remediation efforts. Olson now suffers from injury, including hypervigilance, according to the suit.

Attorneys for Kwik Trip, which operate Kwik Star stores in Iowa, said the damages were caused by Luck and filed a cross suit against him in November.

Kwik Trip’s suit said Luck drove a vehicle into the facility’s fence before climbing into the loaded tanker truck.

Meanwhile, Luck is awaiting criminal charges in connection with the crash. He was arrested for first-degree theft, possession of marijuana and reckless use of explosives.

Photos: Fuel tanker crashes into Waterloo home

A fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home just before 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.

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Waterloo firefighters at the scene of a fuel tanker crash on Thursday, Aug. 20. The tanker crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Firefighters worked to free the driver of a fuel tanker that crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues in Waterloo.

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Waterloo Police at the scene of a fuel tanker crash at Ridgeway and Hammond avenues in Waterloo.

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A Kwik Trip fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues just before 6:45 a.m. Thursday in Waterloo.

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Waterloo firefighters work at the scene after a fuel tanker truck crashed into a home Thursday at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Waterloo firefighters at the scene of a fuel tanker crash on Thursday, Aug. 20. The tanker crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Waterloo Police at a fueling facility on Ridgeway Avenue where a disturbance occurred before a fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home on Thu…

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Waterloo Police at a fuel facility on Ridgeway Avenue where a disturbance occurred just before a fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home.

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Police who were headed to a disturbance at a Kwik Star fuel facility on Ridgeway Avenue were notified about a fuel tanker striking Waterloo ho…

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Kwik Star fuel blending facility under construction on West Ridgeway Avenue. Photographed Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Crews from West Central Environmental Consultants flushed storm sewer lines and set up equipment to skim fuel from Dry Run Creek Friday follow…

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Crews from West Central Environmental Consultants flushed storm sewer lines and set up equipment to skim fuel from Dry Run Creek Friday follow…

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Crews replace contaminated soil with clean dirt Wednesday about a week after a biodiesel tanker crashed into a home at 1420 Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo.

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