A city bus driver is suing over claims he injured himself when plywood that was covering holes on a North Central Avenue sidewalk under construction collapsed.

Ramon Oyoque filed a lawsuit June 6 in the Cook County Circuit Court against The Peoples Gas, Light and Coke Co. and NPL Construction Co., also known as Northern Pipeline Construction Co., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the defendants removed pieces of sidewalk on North Central Avenue in Chicago for the maintenance of buried utility lines and then covered the holes with plywood.

Oyoque, a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority, claims he was on the sidewalk on June 6, 2012, when the plywood collapsed, causing him to fall and sustain injuries. He accuses the defendants of failing to warn the public of the dangerous condition or ensuring the plywood was safe for pedestrians.

Oyoque is seeking damages and is being represented in the case by attorney Christopher D. Freeman of Law Offices of Christopher D. Freeman in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L006060.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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