Lawsuit settlements reached in Metro-North crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a Bridgeport train crash last year have settled with the commuter railroad.

Lawyers in the case say the four passengers reached agreements with Metro-North on Friday and are the first plaintiffs in the lawsuit to settle. Terms weren’t disclosed. Metro-North previously settled with several others injured in the crash who didn’t go to court.

The crash happened May 17, 2013, when an eastbound train derailed in Bridgeport and was struck about 20 seconds later by a westbound train. The wreck injured more than 70 people and disrupted service for days.

Federal transportation safety officials found that Metro-North inspectors may have failed to spot a broken part two days before the crash.

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