PORTLAND, Ore. – TriMet and its bus manufacturer New Flyer have reached a settlement with five plaintiffs involved in a 2010 bus collision that killed two people and injured three others, one critically.
TriMet and New Flyer will each pay the plaintiffs $2 million. The group will decide how the settlement will be dispersed, according to TriMet.
The lawsuit stemmed from an incident in Old Town Portland in which a bus driver made an illegal left turn and killed two people. It happened on April 24, 2010.
The bus, which was out of service, was heading west on Northwest Glisan Street when driver Sandi Day made a left turn onto Broadway and hit a group of pedestrians.
Three people were trapped under the bus. Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham, and Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver, were killed. Robert Gittings, 22, survived but was critically injured. Gittings was visiting from Idaho.
Two other people in the group suffered minor injuries: 23-year-old Jamie Hammel and 28-year-old Ryan Hammel, both of Portland.
“This was the worst tragedy in TriMet’s history, and we hope this settlement brings a sense of closure for the families,” said TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane in a news release. “From this tragedy, TriMet has implemented safety improvements throughout the agency to reduce risks and hazards as we make safety our core value.”
No criminal charges were brought against Day, but she was found guilty of six traffic infractions in connection with the incident. TriMet fired Day in August, 2010.
The Amalgamated Transit Union is challenging Day’s termination, TriMet said.