PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a crash last year that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others when a speeding train derailed on a curve at night, the Associated Press reported.

The settlement allows victims to have their awards in hand by June instead of waiting years for a lawsuit to play out, their lawyers said Thursday. The deadline to join the settlement program is Nov. 21, the report said.

The train derailed minutes after leaving Philadelphia for New York. A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, a college dean and several businesspeople were among those killed in the mangled front cars. Award-winning chef Eli Kulp was left paralyzed, according to the AP.

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