Settlement reached in 2009 train crash 24 May 12

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – Union Pacific Railroad and the family of a man killed in a Blue Earth County train crash have reached a legal settlement.

Attorneys say Union Pacific has agreed to pay $650,000 to the family of Todd Ziegler. He and another man were in a county dump truck that was struck by three locomotives near Crystal Lake in July 2009. The 43-year-old Ziegler and 42-year-old Jack Baker were killed.

The Free Press (http://bit.ly/Ki3Rjq) reports the Ziegler family attorneys say the evidence shows the two men never heard the train whistle over the noise of the dump truck, and the railroad crossing was the only one in the area that didn’t have lights or crossing arms.

Union Pacific did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com