$17M settlement in deadly Philly duck boat crash

    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.

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