Am­trak to pay $265M for Philadel­phia crash that killed 8

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Am­trak will pay $265 mil­lion to set­tle claims re­lated to a crash last year that killed eight peo­ple and in­jured more than 200 oth­ers when a speed­ing train de­railed on a curve.

The set­tle­ment al­lows vic­tims to have their awards in hand by June in­stead of wait­ing years for law­suits to play out, their lawyers said Thurs­day. The dead­line to join the set­tle­ment pro­gram is Nov. 21.

“The pro­gram ba­si­cally al­lows for a judge, with help from two mas­ters, to hold hear­ings and eval­u­ate dam­ages,” said lawyer Thomas R. Kline, who led the team of plain­tiffs’ lawyers ne­go­ti­at­ing with Am­trak.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Le­grome D. Davis of Philadel­phia ap­proved the set­tle­ment Thurs­day.

Am­trak had pre­vi­ously taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for the May 2015 crash in Philadel­phia of the North­east Re­gional train trav­el­ing from Wash­ing­ton to New York. Fed­eral law caps pay­outs for any one ac­ci­dent at $295 mil­lion.

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