Richland County to pay $150k to couple’s estate

  • Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 9:13 p.m.

COLUMBIA (AP) — Richland County has agreed to pay $150,000 to the estates of a couple killed in a 2008 train collision.

The State newspaper reported the county did not admit fault but is paying the estates of Derald Hill Sr. and his wife, Nichole.

The couple was killed in 2008 when a sport utility they were in was crushed by a Norfolk Southern train at a crossing near Blythewood. The driver and another passenger were hospitalized.

The settlement came amid a civil trial that also includes Norfolk Southern and The Mungo Company as defendants. Lawyers for the Hill family say in court papers that the crossing was hazardous and in need of improvements.

There was no word on the other defendants’ settlement.

A county spokeswoman would not comment.

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