PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A woman who survived nearly 13 hours in the rubble of a Philadelphia building collapse but lost both legs has sued the Salvation Army, whose store she was in at the time, demolition contractors and others.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
An adjacent building being demolished collapsed on the thrift store in June, killing six and injuring 13 others. A demolition subcontractor is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Lawsuits over the collapse are on hold amid a criminal investigation. But a lawyer for the woman, Mariya Plekan, wants to preserve her testimony because of the gravity of her injuries and the delay expected before trial.READ MORE: Man Shot 11 Times, Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
Lawyer Andrew Stern says the 52-year-old Plekan also suffered organ damage and remains hospitalized. But he says her mind is sound.
A spokeswoman says the Alexandria, Va.,-based Salvation Army has no immediate comment.MORE NEWS: Upper Darby Native Todd Rundgren Joins Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's In 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class
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