Metro Settles Most Death Suits From DC Train Crash

Published February 15, 2012 2:45PM (EST)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington-area Metro transit agency has settled seven of nine lawsuits by families of people killed in a 2009 train crash.

Metro also told a judge it is admitting legal responsibility for the deadliest accident in the system's history. Nine people died and dozens were injured when one train slammed into a stopped one.

Terms of the settlements have not been disclosed, though settlements in similar cases have been in the millions of dollars.

Patrick Regan, a lead attorney for the families, says the remaining two wrongful death cases are set to go to trial in March.

Regan says Metro's acknowledgment of liability in a court document filed Monday, and first reported by The Washington Examiner, will shorten the duration of any potential trial.

By Salon Staff

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