Port Authority Paying $450K To Settle Suit In Deadly Accident

PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – The Pittsburgh area’s transit agency is agreeing to pay $450,000 to settle claims that one of its buses fatally ran over a man in a motorized wheelchair and his wife.

According to a press release, The Port Authority of Allegheny County board on Friday voted to approve the settlement.

Seventy-three-year-old Henry Walker was hit by another vehicle and knocked beneath the bus in October. Walker’s wife, 68-year-old Carol Williamson, had just gotten off the bus with him and died after she tried to pull him to safety but was also run over.

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It was not immediately clear where the lawsuit was filed, though the board’s resolution to settle indicates other defendants have also been sued.

It could not immediately be determined whether any or all of those parties have also settled.

According to Adam Brandolph, Media Contact for the Port Authority, the bus driver involved remains an employee, but is not working.

“Our deepest sympathy to the families of Mr. Walker & Ms. Williamson,” he said.

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