Family of Scholars Killed in Crash Suing U of U

Family of Scholars Killed in Crash Suing U of U

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The family and representatives of seven Chinese scholars killed in a van crash in 2003 are suing the University of Utah.

They claim the school was negligent in arranging a trip for the group.

Three of the scholars injured in the crash have also joined in the suit filed yesterday.

The suit seeks money for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.

The lawsuit alleges the university negligently arranged or commissioned a tour for the scholars by allowing a van to be driven by a noncertified driver.

The seven members of the delegation, who had been visiting Utah businesses and universities, were killed when their van slid off an icy highway in Pennsylvania.

The van driver and the state of Utah are also listed as defendants in the suit.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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