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Settlements of bridge victims released

Minnesota reached final settlements Thursday with the 179 victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, the Pioneer Press reported.

The state had a $36.6 million settlement fund in all.

The bridge collapse, which occurred on Aug. 1, 2009 during rush-hour, killed 13 people and injured 145, the Star Tribune reported.

Thursday was the last day for settlement offers to be accepted or rejected. The state of Minnesota has limited legal liability for the collapse, so most victims accepted settlements as they were, the Star Tribune reported.

The settlements covered a range from $4,500 to $2.2 million, the Pioneer Press reported.