Fatal duck boat crash civil trial begins in Philly

    The mother of one of the two Hungarian students killed when a tugboat-guided barge crashed into a disabled sightseeing boat in Philadelphia two years ago says she should be home celebrating Mother’s Day with her daughter.

    But instead the students’ parents will be in federal court in Philadelphia today for proceedings on whether there should be a limit on what the two vessel operators could be required to pay.

    Sixteen-year-old Dora Schwendtner and 20-year-old Szabolcs Prem were killed and 35 others aboard the amphibious duck boat were thrown into the Delaware River.

    The victims’ families have sued the city, the vessels’ operators and others.

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    The tug boat pilot was sentenced in November to a year in prison.

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