Boston Big Dig death suit settled
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:46 PM

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The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and several other defendants have agreed to pay the amount to settle a suit brought by the family of State Trooper Vincent Cila, who died when he hit the handrails whose design has been called a safety hazard and a factor in the deaths of six other motorists, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation had warned the director of the Big Dig project about the safety of the railings in 1992, but the director responded that the rails were safe, the newspaper reported.

Federal officials warned the rails could be dangerous and should be crash-tested, but the recommendation was not accepted, court documents show.

The handrails line pedestrian walkways inside the tunnels and are intended to keep workers along the walkways from falling into traffic.

The rails are slightly more than 3 feet off the ground, about the height of a motorcycle seat or car window.

The defendants, including the MTA and insurer AIG (NYSE:AIG) , "simply did not consider the safety of the motoring public, who would come into contact with these railings," attorney Annette Gonthier-Kiely, who represented the Cila family, said.

"Mrs. Cila hopes they remove or redesign the handrails so other families will be spared the loss of loved ones.'"

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