NJ authority settles suit over escalator accident

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has settled a lawsuit over an escalator accident at Giants Stadium that seriously injured several people.

An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Thursday's settlement, which was first reported by The Record. The deal came midway through a civil trial.

Eight people sued the sports authority and the company that maintained the escalator. They were riding the escalator down from the stadium's upper level after a New York Giants-New England Patriots game on Dec. 29, 2007, when it sped up and then stopped suddenly, causing some steps to break apart.

One man lost his leg in the accident and another could face amputation of a foot.

Terms of the settlement weren't released.

Schindler, the company that maintained the escalator, settled with plaintiffs last week.