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Settlement Reached in Deadly Philly Duck Boat Crash [VIDEO]

A $17 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death case of two Hungarian students killed in a duck boat collision with a barge in Philadelphia.

U.S. Attorney's Office

Attorneys say families of the victims will split $15 million and 18 surviving passengers will split $2 million.

The surprise settlement came Wednesday after just two days of testimony in what was supposed to be a month-long federal trial.

A tugboat-guided barge slammed into the amphibious duck boat on the Delaware River in July 2010.

The two Hungarian students’ families 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.

K-Sea Transportation and Ride the Ducks blamed each other.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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