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Powers Fasteners Inc. settles $6 million wrongful-death lawsuit

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A $6 million settlement was reached earlier this week for a wrongful-death lawsuit involving the family of a woman who was killed when a Big Dig highway tunnel in Boston collapsed on her car in 2006.

The lawsuit involved the epoxy supplier, Powers Fasteners Inc. The woman, Milena Del Valle, was crushed when 26 tons of concreted ceiling panels collapsed while driving through the tunnel.

It was later found by investigators that the ceiling collapsed due to workers only securing it with a fast-drying depoxy which was not safe for overhead loads.

15 other contractors and agencies are being sued by the Del Valle family, however Powers Fasteners Inc. is the only one to face criminal charges.

The Big Dig highway project is the most expensive of its kind in United States history, totaling $14.8 billion.