ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials have agreed to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who was left paralyzed after being struck by falling rocks at a state park, her lawyers said.
Attorney George Szary told the Albany Times Union the accord was reached Monday as a trial was about to start. The bulk will go to Nancy Ladd-Butz, who was struck while hiking at John Boyd Thacher State Park near Albany in 2017. She is paralyzed from the chest down.
The Times Union reported last August that top state parks officials were aware of concerns about the 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.