Plaintiffs in fatal food truck explosion reach $160M settlement with U-Haul

U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of U-Haul International Inc., has been ordered to pay a record $160 million in a settlement after two people died and 11 were injured in a food truck explosion four years ago, according to The Inquirer.

The suit contended that U-Haul refilled the truck’s propane cylinder, which did not have proper safety devices. U-Haul denied that it refilled the cylinder involved in the incident.

Olga Galdamez, 42, and her daughter, Jaylin Galdamez, 17, operated the La Parrillada Chapina food truck in Philadelphia and died following the explosion.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said U-Haul will pay $36.47 million to the Galdamez estates — the largest pre-verdict wrongful death settlement in Pennsylvania history.

A male who suffered burns to more than 65 percent of his body will receive $69.17 million, and another plaintiff will receive $54.3 million, according to plaintiffs' attorneys.

Topics: Hazardous Materials Handling, Independent Operators

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