Metrolink, victims of derailment settle for $30M

October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Attorneys say a Southern California rail authority will pay about $30 million to settle most lawsuits filed over a deadly commuter train derailment four years ago north of Los Angeles.Jerome Ringler, a lead attorney representing the crash victims, said Wednesday that Metrolink agreed to settle nearly 90 percent of the injury and wrongful death cases. He says both sides are continuing to negotiate settlements for the remaining cases ahead of trial set for January.

The Jan. 26, 2005, disaster in Glendale was triggered by a man who parked a gasoline-drenched Jeep Cherokee on railroad tracks.

A Metrolink train struck the SUV, derailed and struck another train traveling in the other direction. Eleven people were killed and about 180 were injured.

A Metrolink spokesman wouldn't comment.

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