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Victims, families to split $6.1 million in Texas bus crash that killed four

DALLAS — DALLAS - A state district judge has approved a $6.1 million settlement supported by most victims of a fatal bus crash near Terrell in East Texas, overruling opposition from parents of two victims whose attorneys say they were unfairly excluded.

The litigation stems from a June 24, 2002, crash that occurred when a Discovery Tours of Texas bus taking a youth group from Metro Church in Garland to a church camp in Louisiana slammed into a concrete bridge support. The bus driver, who investigators blamed for the accident, also was killed.

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The settlement money will be distributed among 30 families whose children died or were injured in the crash.

The pact does not include funds for Nick Stout, the most seriously injured survivor, or for the father of Amanda Maxwell, one of four youths who died in the crash. Attorneys for Stout and Maxwell said it "froze out" the most seriously injured child.

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Attorneys for the cooperating plaintiffs said no family was excluded from the process, although some opted not to participate in an original arrangement that called for the money to be divided by an arbitrator.


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