NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The owner of a ferry that crashed in lower Manhattan last year has been quietly settling lawsuits with injured passengers.
Court documents indicate four people reached settlements last week with the ferry’s owner, Seastreak.
The settlements range from $25,000 to a passenger who suffered soft tissue injuries to $55,000 for another passenger who suffered a knee injury that required surgery.
Seastreak has paid out more than $1 million in personal injury claims so far.
The ferry, which departed from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., crashed into a pier in January of 2013, injuring at least 80 of the 326 passengers on board, CBS 2 reported.
The ferry captain told investigators he couldn’t control the boat’s engines right before the crash.
In its preliminary report in January, the National Transportation Safety Board noted that the vessel’s engines were replaced in early 2012 and passed a Coast Guard inspection several months later. The NTSB is scheduled to discuss the accident and investigation at a board meeting next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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