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Metrolink to pay $39M after 2005 derailment

December 30, 2009 12:06:15 AM PST
Metrolink has reportedly agreed to pay $39 million to settle nearly all of the lawsuits filed over that 2005 derailment in Glendale.According to an attorney representing the crash victims, all but one of the 186 wrongful death and injury suits against Metrolink has been resolved. A Los Angeles superior court judge has vacated a Jan. 4 trial date and is urging both parties to resolve the remaining suit.

The crash was caused by Juan Manuel Alvarez, who parked his Jeep on the tracks. Alvarez said he was trying to commit suicide. He was sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms for the accident that killed 11 people and injured 180.