Duck boat judge asks parties to discuss settlement
A federal trial has been put on hold in the Philadelphia tour boat crash that killed two Hungarian students in July 2010.
The judge presiding in the non-jury trial has asked the parties in the case to try and hammer out a settlement. The trial started Monday.
A tugboat-guided barge slammed into the amphibious duck boat, leaving two Hungarian students dead.
Their families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., which operated the tugboat pushing the barge upriver and Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., which operated the tour boat.
U.S. District Judge Thomas O'Neill wants the groups to negotiate. An attorney representing the Hungarian families says it's unclear how long talks will go.
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