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Accident victims' relatives awarded $90 million


NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of three people killed in a Christmas Day crash in 2008 were awarded a multi-million dollar settlement following a decision by a New Orleans Civil District Court jury.

The plaintiffs' attorney says the $90.5 million judgement is against Westernstar Transportation and its owners.

After a Lincoln sedan had a flat tire, the driver was traveling slowly on Interstate 10 in an effort to safely pull over at the next exit. That driver was being followed by the driver of a GMC Yukon, who was trying to help.

That's when a tractor-trailer slammed into the SUV, causing it to hit the sedan and catch fire.

Three passengers died, including a 6-year-old and 3-year-old.

The accident took place shortly after midnight on Interstate 10 in LaPlace on Dec. 25, 2008.

The driver of the tractor-trailer claimed the slow response was due to her fatigue.







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