Indian-American ferry crash victim gets big compensation

February 27th, 2008 - 3:02 pm ICT by admin  

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) An Indian-American, who lost one of his legs in a ferry accident in 2003, will receive a compensation of over $6 million from the city of New York. Shriram Agni, 61, lost his right leg in the ferry crash that took place when the ferry slammed into a concrete pier at Staten Island after returning from Manhattan in New York.

Eleven people died in the accident and many commuters were injured. According to city government officials, 123 of the 186 lawsuits filed by the crash victims were settled for $34 million, the Daily News reported.

Of them, the sum allotted to Agni was the third largest at $6.5 million. Two persons, who lost both legs, received about $9 million each.

Agni and the city government arrived at the compensation settlement, which was confirmed by the legal department.

Goa-born Agni, an engineer, has worked with the New York State Housing Department.

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