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Amtrak Begins Settling with Victims of May 2015 Crash in Philadelphia

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 10, 2016

Amtrak Begins Settling with Victims of May 2015 Crash in Philadelphia

PHOTO: Amtrak 188 crash scene. Photo via YouTube  

Over a year after Northeast Regional Train No. 188 crashed in Philadelphia, Amtrak has begun settling lawsuits with victims of the incident.

According to The Associated Press, court documents reveal that Amtrak has reached settlements brought against the company by two women injured in the May 2015 crash which killed eight people and left another 200-plus injured

As part of the settlement from Amtrak, lawyers for the victims revealed that there are strict confidentiality provisions that prevent clients from revealing how much money they've received and how they’re doing following the incident.

“The confidentiality provision of the settlement agreement is very strict,” one of the victim’s lawyers Adam Barrist told The Associated Press. “I would risk subjecting my client and myself to liability if were to provide answers to the questions.”

In addition to the two recently settled lawsuits, dozens of additional cases brought against Amtrak are still pending. The company has taken responsibility for the crash, and started a pool of $295 million for potential payouts, which is capped under federal law.

Investigators working the 2015 Amtrak train crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia have determined the engineer was distracted and accelerated the train to 106 miles per hour instead of slowing down to the 50 miles per hour speed limit at the site of the crash.


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