Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Amtrak to Pay $265 Million in Crash Claims

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Amtrak to Pay $265 Million in Crash Claims

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

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, D.C., to New York. Federal law caps payouts for any one accident at $295 million. Some of the injured say they have millions of dollars in medical bills.

Federal investigators have concluded the engineer was distracted by word that a nearby train had been hit by a rock and didn't realize where he was when he accelerated to 106 mph instead of slowing down for the curve's 50 mph speed limit. …

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