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Family of toddler swept away at Tennessee park files lawsuit

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a 2-year-old who was washed away by floodwaters at a Tennessee state park has filed a lawsuit against the state. Steven P...
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a 2-year-old who was washedaway by floodwaters at a Tennessee state park has filed a lawsuit against thestate.

Steven Pierce of Kentucky died after he and his father were sweptaway in a flash flood as they tried to evacuate from Cummins Falls State Parkin June.

News outlets report the lawsuit filed this week argues a“series of human errors” contributed to his death.

It says greater safety measures should have been in place, orshouldn’t have been open at all with rain in the forecast. And it accusesrangers of misdirecting Curtis Pierce by telling him to continue along a trailinstead of finding higher ground. Curtis Pierce was able to be saved.

Tennessee’s Environment and Conservation Department declined tocomment.