A $17 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death case of two Hungarian students killed in a duck boat collision with a barge in Philadelphia.
Attorneys say families of the victims will split $15 million and 18 surviving passengers will split $2 million.
The surprise settlement came yesterday after just two days of testimony in what was supposed to be a month-long federal trial.
A tugboat-guided barge slammed into the amphibious duck boat on the Delaware River in July 2010.
The two Hungarian students’ families filed wrongful-death lawsuits against K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., which operated the tugboat pushing the barge upriver, and Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., which operated the tour boat.
K-Sea Transportation and Ride the Ducks blamed each other.