TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

COURT OKS SETTLEMENT

IN SP SPILL CASE

SAN FRANCISCO - A $15.5 million settlement of legal claims arising out of a 1991 chemical spill by a Southern Pacific Lines train has been approved by a state court here.

Judge Stuart Pollack finalized the settlement, which covers the claims of about 3,000 people from the town of Dunsmuir, Calif., this month. It was made public last week.

On July 14, 1991, an SP train with a car carrying a herbicide derailed near Dunsmuir. The herbicide leaked into the Sacramento River, killing thousands of fish and releasing toxic fumes. Under the settlement, SP will pay $13.5 million, and American Vanguard Corp. of Los Angeles, maker of the herbicide, will pay $2 million.

FRENCH ADD NEW LINKS

TO HIGH-SPEED TRAIN

PARIS - France decided last week to build a high-speed railway link from Paris to Strasbourg that will connect with Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany, Transport Minister Bernard Bosson said.

The government also decided to complete the Paris-Marseille route, now halted at Valence.