Amtrak to pay $265 million for deadly Philadelphia crash

FILE- In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a Tuesday night derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 17, 2016, to detail the probable cause of last year's fatal derailment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP/WLNS) – Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a deadly derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

Lawyers who negotiated the settlement say people will have their awards in hand by June instead of going through years of legal wrangling.

One of the victims was the daughter of longtime Michigan Democratic political figure and ex-state Sen. Gilda Jacobs.

Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Jacobs died in the crash.

Rachel Jacobs grew up in suburban Detroit and was chief executive of ApprenNet, a Philadelphia-based education start-up. She lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son.

Amtrak has previously taken responsibility for the May 2015 crash. Federal law caps payouts for any one accident at $295 million. That cap was raised from $200 million after the crash.

Lawyer Thomas Kline led the negotiations with Amtrak and says individuals could get the full value of their claims – or more or less – depending on how far the settlement fund stretches.

The injuries range from catastrophic, including one man left a paraplegic, to people who suffered emotional trauma.

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