- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York automobile accident that killed seven people in 2013 has resulted in a $2.7 million settlement.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/1HQnvhs ) 33-year-old Shawn Mead, the lone survivor of a minivan carrying eight people, will receive $1.4 million under the settlement. The remaining $1.3 million will go to the estates of the seven victims, including four children.

The crash occurred after a tractor-trailer came apart and the trailer struck the minivan on Route 13 in rural Truxton in Cortland County. Sheriff’s investigators determined a broken locking mechanism on the tractor’s rig was responsible.

Mead was traveling with his two children, his girlfriend, her two daughters and two others.

Court documents say Mead hasn’t returned to work due to his injuries and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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