Train crash victims to present claims to LA judge

AP News
Posted: Mar 11, 2011 4:04 AM
Train crash victims to present claims to LA judge

More than 100 survivors and families of those killed in one of the nation's deadliest passenger train crash will get to tell a Los Angeles judge about the disaster's impact on their lives.

The Superior Court judge is set to begin hearing on Friday from 124 claimants to determine how to divvy up a $200 million settlement.

The settlement reached last year by Southern California's Metrolink commuter train system and its former contractor Connex Railroad, both of which accepted liability for the 2008 collision.

Twenty-five people were killed and more than 100 others were injured when a Metrolink train ran a red light and slammed head-on into a freight train in suburban Chatsworth. Investigators believe a Metrolink engineer, who was provided by Connex, was texting moments before the crash.