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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Last of Minot derailment cash going to charity

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The last bit of settlement money from a class-action lawsuit over a disastrous train derailment in Minot a decade ago is going to a charity near the site of the wreck.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The last bit of settlement money from a class-action lawsuit over a disastrous train derailment in Minot a decade ago is going to a charity near the site of the wreck.
    Canadian Pacific Railway about five years ago agreed to pay $7 million to settle claims stemming from the January 2002 derailment.
    It sent a cloud of toxic anhydrous ammonia farm chemical over North Dakota's fourth-largest city, killing one man and sending hundreds more in seek of medical help.
    Just short of $3 million went to the plaintiffs' attorneys, and about $4 million was doled out to about 3,200 Minot residents.
    That left about $7,100. A federal judge this week approved a motion by the plaintiffs to give the money to the Northern Lights Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.