Judge approves Graniteville settlement

June 25, 2007

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a settlement that pays thousands of dollars to hundreds of people injured in a train derailment that released a toxic cloud over the town of Graniteville.

US District Judge Margaret Seymour gave final approval to the agreement between railroad owner Norfolk Southern and a pool of nearly 480 people claiming they suffered seriously personal injury after the crash.

Attorneys on both sides said they were pleased with the settlement.

In January 2005, 5400 people were evacuated when a Norfolk Southern train rear-ended a parked train.

The wreck ruptured a car carrying chlorine and released a poisonous cloud over the tiny mill town, killing nine people and injuring 250.

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 newsroom@wrdw.com Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8184572 - wrdw.com/a?a=8184572
Gray Television, Inc.