Jury awards duck boat crash passenger from Montana $4M

(Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)

SEATTLE (AP) — A jury in Seattle has awarded $4 million in damages to a Montana woman for injuries she suffered after being ejected from a duck boat tour vehicle in a crash that killed five college students and injured dozens.

The Seattle Times reports the jury awarded the money Monday to Rebecca Rhodes West of Billings, Montana.

The verdict found the vehicle’s manufacturer, Ride the Ducks International of Missouri, and its operator, Ride the Ducks Seattle, jointly and separately liable for the crash. The vehicle’s axle snapped, causing it to crash into an oncoming college tour bus Sept. 24, 2015.

West’s award, along with settlements of $1 million and $750,000 made to her friend and Seattle resident Tami Matson and Matson’s daughter, Tiffani Haman, are the latest in a string of multimillion-dollar legal judgments and settlements stemming from the crash.