Amtrak to Pay $265 Million to Settle Philadelphia Crash Injury and Death Claims
The deadly Amtrak crash last year near Philadelphia left eight people dead and hundreds injured and shocked the nation.
The crash led to a lawsuit brought by injured passengers and railroad workers and the families of those who lost their lives.
This week, a judge ordered a $265 million settlement to settle claims resulting from the crash, reported NJ.com.
Media reports stated U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis issued an order Thursday morning, according to the attorneys representing those who were injured and killed in the May 2015 crash.
Eight people lost their lives and more than 200 were hurt in the accident when the Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed in Philadelphia.
The court had set up a plaintiff's management committee to handle the claims from the crash.
Attorneys representing the dead and the injured said the settlement was historic in terms of the comparatively short time it took.
The speed of settlement reflects the fact the engineer did not appear to be paying attention at the time of the crash, according to the finding of the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.
The Amtrak service was traveling at 106 miles per hour into a 50 mph zone on a curve when the train derailed. The accident has added impetus for an automatic speed control system on the track which would prevent trains traveling too fast.
The Amtrak crash was one of the most serious train crashes on America’s railroads for many years.
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