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Families of 23 nursing home residents who died fleeing Hurricane Rita reach settlements

The families of all 23 nursing home residents who died during their evacuation from Hurricane Rita in a bus explosion have settled their lawsuits against the nursing home. Terms of the settlement were confidential.

Two years ago, a Texas nursing home bussed residents north as Hurricane Rita approached. A rear wheel of the bus caught on fire on a freeway near Dallas and within minutes, the vehicle was engulfed in flames and smoke. Those who died in the fire were too frail to escape the bus on their own.

Victims and relatives of victims last year reached an $11 million settlement with the bus company.

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