New York to pay $9M settlement for hiker struck by rocks

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Lawyers for a woman left paralyzed after being struck by falling rocks at a state park say New York officials have agreed to a $9 million settlement of the woman’s lawsuit.

Attorney George Szary tells the Albany Times Union the accord was reached Monday as a trial was about to start. Most of the money will go to Nancy Ladd-Butz, who was struck by rocks while hiking at John Boyd Thacher State Park near Albany in 2017.

The Times Union reported last August that top state parks officials had been made aware of concerns about stability of the cliff above the popular Indian Ladder Trail before Ladd-Butz was struck there.

State workers had removed some loose rocks from parts of the cliff a month before the accident.

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