Settlements reached in Seastreak ferry crash

Settlements reached in Seastreak ferry crash

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Several settlements have been reached in lawsuits stemming from January's crash of a Wall Street-bound ferry carrying hundreds of commuters.

More than three dozen people have sued the boat's owner.

The boat departed from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., with 326 passengers and five crew members. It crashed into a pier in New York City, injuring more than 80 people. The ferry captain has told federal investigators he couldn't control the boat's engines in the seconds before the crash.

Four settlements were filed in federal court in Newark this week. They range from $20,000 for a passenger who suffered knee trauma and bruising to $80,000 for another passenger who had torn shoulder cartilage.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs and the boat's owner didn't return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

An investigation is ongoing.

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