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Victim's Family Hires Firm Holleman Helps Nix With Funeral, Insurance Claims

 

Saturday, August 15, 1998

Section: LOCAL-FRONT

Page: A2

 

GREG LACOUR

THE SUN HERALD

 

Family members of two people who died in Sunday's deadly gasoline spill and

explosion at a Biloxi Texaco station have hired a law firm to look into the deaths.

 

Elisha Nix, the ex-husband of 43-year-old Linda Nix and father of 20-year-old

Te'Anna Nix, and other relatives hired the Gulfport law firm of Boyce Holleman

early this week, attorney Tim Holleman, Boyce's son, said Friday.

 

Linda and Te'Anna Nix died of severe burns early Sunday, after fuel from an

underground tank that a tanker truck driver was filling overflowed and pooled under

their car, then exploded.

 

"We were retained for a couple of reasons. One, they want to know what happened.

Two, they were being contacted (by other attorneys), and once you retain an

attorney, that stops," Tim Holleman said.

 

He added that the family isn't planning a lawsuit yet. "As far as the accident's

concerned, we're in the early stages of the investigation, and we're waiting for law

enforcement to complete their investigation." The firm has helped the family arrange

the funeral and file insurance claims, Tim Holleman said.

 

The station is at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Brady Drive. The Nixes were on

Brady, waiting behind another car to turn west on the highway, when the gas

exploded. Two others died, and two more suffered severe burns, but it's unknown

whether their families have hired lawyers.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Mississippi Department of

Environmental Quality are two of several agencies investigating the explosion. Tim

Holleman said the Nixes want to know whether the truck driver was qualified to

operate filling equipment, whether he failed to recognize the danger of the overflow,

where he went after the explosion and whether the gas station's equipment was safe.

 

"It's tough enough to lose one family member, much less two," he said, "and much

less when you're sitting at a stop sign minding your own business."

 

Greg Lacour can be reached at 896-2354 or at foofoorex(AT)aol.com