Bonfire Suit Settlements Could Come Monday

Texas A&M System regents will meet Monday, and could sign off on settlements in 1999's bonfire collapse.

According to a top System official, deals have been brokered in remaining suits from victims' families. Action by the Board of Regents Monday could authorize Texas A&M's president to settle the injury cases.

The families have reportedly signed off on these deals that await System approval.

Twelve Aggies died and 27 others were injured when the giant stack of logs fell early on November 18, 1999.

Partial settlements were reached with some of the families back in 2004, the day the Bonfire Memorial was dedicated on campus.

Separate from the settlements to be discussed Monday are suits involving businesses that had to do with the construction and eventual collapse of the stack, in which Texas A&M is a third party.

As it is on-going litigation, Texas A&M University officials will not comment on the matters.

The Monday convening of the board will be a telephonic meeting that begins at 9 a.m., and will immediately recess into a closed session to discuss the matter.

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