A&M Bonfire Settlements Approved

By: KBTX Staff and Associated Press Email
By: KBTX Staff and Associated Press Email

The Texas A&M University System Regents have authorized school president Elsa Murano to settle lawsuits brought by families over the deadly bonfire collapse nearly a decade ago.

Spokesman Rod Davis says Monday's unanimous vote by the system
Board of Regents came a day before a hearing scheduled in Brazos
County, where lawsuits filed by several families were consolidated.

The terms of the lawsuit settlements aren't being released, the cases are set for a hearing Tuesday in Brazos County's 361st District Court.

Nine years ago, 12 people died and 27 were injured when the
wedding cake-like bonfire structure collapsed while students were
building it. The accident ended the bonfire as an annual tradition
before the Texas A&M-Texas football game.

The board's decision came five months after an appeals court
ruled that Texas A&M administrators weren't immune from state
lawsuits. The school had argued that officials were protected by a
constitutional right that prevents governmental agencies from being

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