Truck driver hurt in NY blast sues utility co.

A tow-truck driver and his passenger burned when a huge steam-pipe explosion blew a crater in a Manhattan street last month have sued the city's utility provider, accusing it of misconduct. Passenger Judith Bailey and a guardian for driver Gregory McCullough seek unspecified damages from Consolidated Edison in the lawsuits filed Tuesday in State Supreme Court. The victims accused Con Edison of failing to "properly operate and maintain its steam system," thereby creating a "ticking time bomb." More than 12 such pipes have exploded since 1987, including one that killed three people in 1989 and released 200 pounds (90.72 kilograms) of asbestos into the air, the plaintiffs claim.