Metro Settling Lawsuits from 2009 Crash

7 of 9 lawsuits settled: AP

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 22: Rescue workers respond to the site of two Metro trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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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.

Metro said via email that the agency could not comment on active litigation.

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