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Massive settlement for family that filed suit after crash

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit made against several defendants, including the Great Lakes Cheese Company, GLC Transportation Inc. and a man who resides in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania. According to the suit, several individuals riding in a vehicle were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on a highway in Pennsylvania. That truck accident took the life of one of the passengers and caused severe, lifelong injuries to another.

The family has approved the settlement and will receive $26.1 million from the defendants. The size of the settlement indicates that the ones at fault were likely worried that they could be held liable for even more.

On July 6, 2010, a woman was driving her 2004 Toyota Matrix on Interstate 80. She and her two passengers were stopped in traffic caused by construction. Unexpectedly, the vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer owned by GLC and operated by the man from Sandy Lake.

One of the woman's two passengers, her father, died upon impact. The other passenger was her husband. He was trapped in the vehicle and suffered multiple head injuries due to the crash, which left him in a comatose state. The man sustained permanent brain damage, which has led to considerable losses in his emotional, physical and cognitive capacities.

The driver fractured three of her ribs along with several vertebrae. A liver laceration and several exterior contusions and lacerations were apparent, according to the suit. The wrongful death suit was filed in Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas by the woman, her husband and her mother during June 2011.

Source: Pennsylvania Record, "$26.1 million personal injury settlement, possibly largest ever in Pa., reached in tractor-trailer death suit," Jon Campisi, June 13, 2012

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