PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Attorneys for the parents of two Hungarian students killed when a barge slammed into a tour boat in Philadelphia nearly two years ago released a new video of the crash Tuesday, only days before a civil wrongful death lawsuit goes to federal court.
Dora Schwendtner, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, died when a city barge pushed by a tug collided with their disabled duck boat on the Delaware River in July 2010, dumping more than three dozen people into the river.
A spokesman for the plaintiffs' attorneys says the video, which shows the impact of the barge and tour boat from the Camden, N.J., side of the river, was part of the official record compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the crash. The video shows the 80-yard-long barge moving toward the drifting duck boat and then driving over the smaller vessel.
The families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., which operated the tugboat guiding the barge; Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., which operated the tour boat; the city of Philadelphia, which owned the barge; and others. Before the lawsuits can proceed, a judge will hear arguments Monday on whether maritime law should limit the liabilities of the operators of both vessels.