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Judge Orders Settlements Unsealed In Deadly 2009 Metro Crash

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In this file photo from June 23, 2009 officials continue to work around the scene of a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in northeast Washington, D.C. Federal investigators are urging Metro on Monday July 13, 2009, to continuously monitor its computerized train control system following the deadly crash.
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In this file photo from June 23, 2009 officials continue to work around the scene of a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in northeast Washington, D.C. Federal investigators are urging Metro on Monday July 13, 2009, to continuously monitor its computerized train control system following the deadly crash.

A federal judge has ordered that settlement agreements be unsealed in the crash on Metro's Red Line that killed nine people in 2009, reports the Associated Press.

Eight passengers and a train operator were killed in the crash near the Fort Totten station. Metro settled lawsuits brought by families of the crash victims, but had refused to reveal the dollar amounts and fought to keep the settlement agreements under seal. Now U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton says the crash represents "a matter of significant public concern" and says the public should have access to court records.

The Washington Post had sought access to the settlement agreements and other documents and reported on Walton's decision. Under the ruling, certain details, such as private medical information, are subject to redaction. A Metro spokesman says the transit agency is reviewing the judge's decision.

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