Seattle jury awards millions in duck boat accident

Posted: 8:18 PM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-08 06:37:15-05

SEATTLE — A Seattle jury Thursday awarded $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat accident there.

Five people died and 60-others were injured in the crash.

The Seattle case was watched closely by the lawyers and the relatives of the 17-people who died in a duck boat accident last summer in Missouri.

Nine of the victims were members of the Coleman family of Indianapolis.

Multi-million dollar lawsuits are pending in the Missouri case and the captain of the boat, Kenneth McGee, faces 17-federal charges, including misconduct and negligence.

The duck boat capsized when a fast-moving thunderstorm swept across Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

In the Seattle case, a duck boat on a bridge crashed into a charter bus carrying international students.

Five people on the bus died.

Duck boats were first used during World War 2 and can be operated on land and in the water.

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