A lawsuit arising out of a collision on Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Turnpike that killed ten people has been settled for $62.7 million. The settlement covers eight of the deaths and one injury claim. A relative of the other two victims who were killed had reached an earlier settlement. A tractor-trailer driven by 76-year-old Donald Creed slammed into vehicles that had stopped for a previous accident on Interstate 44 near Miami on June 26, 2009.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released a report in August 2009 that said the accident was caused by the inattention of the driver of the tractor-trailer. The Associated Press previously reported that the investigation showed no attempt by the truck driver to brake or take evasive action. No apparent problems with the truck’s brakes or steering were found. There was “strong evidence” that cruise control was in use. The truck was traveling “consistently at 69.5 to 71 mph” for about 4.5 minutes before the collision
The suit was filed in Cleveland County District Court by family members of those killed in the accident. The suit named the truck driver; Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers; two insurance companies; a California company; and two individuals as Defendants. The truck driver was driving that day for Associated Wholesale Grocers.
Source: Associated Press and Insurance Journal
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