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September 17, 2014

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Lawsuit settled in boy’s death at Alabama airport

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 | 11:13 a.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a Kansas boy killed by a falling sign inside Birmingham's airport are settling a wrongful death lawsuit filed over the accident.

The parents and four siblings of 10-year-old Luke Bresette each will receive an undisclosed amount of money from companies that were involved in designing, making and installing the sign under an agreement approved Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

The boy from Overland Park, Kansas, was crushed by a flight information sign that fell inside a renovated section of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in March 2013. His family was returning home from a trip to Florida.

Mother Heather Bresette was seriously injured. Two younger brothers were hurt.

The free-standing flight information board toppled over as the family walked by.

The family sued contractors that worked on a renovation at Birmingham's airport.