Victims of Food Truck Blast Reach $160M Settlement With U-Haul


Several victims of a 2014 food truck explosion have reached a $160 million settlement with U-Haul, which was accused of refilling the truck’s old and damaged propane tanks, lawyers announced Wednesday.

One plaintiff will receive more than $69 million; a second will get $54.3 million and the estates of a mother and daughter killed in the blast will get $36.5 million. Each also will receive a confidential settlement amount, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Investigators have said food truck owner, Olga Galdamez, took her propane tanks to a U-Haul subsidiary where they were filled despite being outdated. Galdamez and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin, died from burn-related injuries days after the July 2014 blast likely caused by a leak in one of those tanks.

Surveillance video captured the explosion in the city’s Feltonville neighborhood in north Philadelphia, which was followed by a huge fireball that engulfed the La Parrillada Chapina truck and set a utility pole on fire.

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