GRETNA – A corporate trucking company is suing a local car dealership and auto repair garage after a mechanic allegedly left a rag in a semi’s engine, causing more than $19,000 in damage to the vehicle.

Quality Carriers Inc., Professional Transport Service LLC, Ronald Smith, Occidental Fire & Casualty Insurance Company of North Carolina and Transguard Insurance Company of America Inc. filed suit against Crescent Ford Truck Sales in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 8.

Quality Carriers claims it owns a 2006 Volvo tractor trailer that it brought into Crescent Ford Truck Sales on May 21, 2014 to be serviced. The plaintiff alleges that during the servicing of the truck the defendant’s employees left a rag in the truck’s oil pan which later blocked the oil flow from the vehicle’s engine causing it to fail and suffer catastrophic damage.

The defendant is accused of negligence, failing to use standard practices and leaving a rag in the vehicle’s engine.

Damages in the amount of $19,194 is sought by the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney C. deShea Richardson of Mandeville-based Harrison & Richardson.

The case has been assigned to Division H Judge Glenn B. Ansardi.

Case no. 750-461.

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