Caltrans Settles S-Curve Death Lawsuit for $700K

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    NBC Bay Area
    In their lawsuit, 56-year-old Tahir Fakhar's family accused Caltrans of not adequately warning drivers about the sharp new curve.

    State transportation officials have settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a truck driver who died in 2009 when his rig fell from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after he failed to navigate an S-curve installed as part of work on the new span.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports
    the California Department of Transportation settled for $700,000, but in doing so did not admit any wrongdoing.

    In their lawsuit, 56-year-old Tahir Fakhar's family accused Caltrans of not adequately warning drivers about the sharp new curve.

    State officials have said Fakhar was traveling too fast and that his truck was carrying tons more weight that it should have.

    Big Rig Flips Off Bay Bridge

    [BAY] Big Rig Flips Off Bay Bridge
    The s-curve proved too much for a big rig driver overnight. He flipped his rig over the rail and onto the island 200 feet below.

    The settlement comes as Caltrans plans to open the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the bridge early next week.

    Caltrans Defends S-Curve Safety

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    A Hayward man was killed Monday morning when the big-rig he was driving went out of control and plunged over the side of the Bay Bridge.