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Victims of Louisville Zoo train derailment react to $6 million settlement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The victims injured in a train derailment at the Louisville Zoo are speaking out about a $6 million settlement reached with Metro Louisville.

The $6 million is going to five people from two different families. They are the people who suffered the most serious injuries in the 2009 train derailment.

Chris and Amanda Lankford and their two young children are four of the five people who recently settled with the city.

"The incident drastically changed our lives," Amanda Lankford said.

In June 2009, the family was aboard when the open air train flipped over onto its side at the Louisville Zoo. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture blamed speed, poor mechanical condition and inadequate operator training for the crash.

Meanwhile, this latest agreement was reached during mediation. The city has already settled with 26 other people and paid more than $600,000 in those cases.

The Lankfords say their faith has help them get thru a rough six years.

Officials from the Louisville Zoo are not commenting on camera about the settlement. However, they did release a statement saying, "This has been difficult for all involved, and we believe settlement is the best interest of all parties so we can bring this to conclusion and move forward."

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