URS settles with 35W bridge collapse victims

Victims and press conference
Eight victims of the bridge collapse were on hand for today's settlement announcement. From left were Brad and Paula Coulter and their daughters Brianna and Brandi. They were all driving across the bridge when it fell. Beside them were sisters Jessica Engebretsen and Anne Engebretsen Burke, who's mother, Sherry, was one of 13 people killed in the collapse. Erica Gwillim and Garrett Ebling were also on the bridge and injured when it collapsed.
MPR Photo/Tim Nelson

Payments are on the way to the survivors and family members of those who were killed when the old 35W bridge collapsed in August 2007. The engineering company that was working on the bridge when it has agreed to pay out $52 million to settle claims by victims of the disaster.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson who has been following the story.

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