Contractors Settle With Families Over Kingdome Crane Accident

Two contractors involved in a crane accident that killed two workers doing emergency ceiling repairs inside the Kingdome in August 1994 have settled with the family of one of the workers for an undisclosed amount, a lawyer in the case said yesterday.

William Louth, 37, of Portland, and Jorge Turincio, 39, of San Diego, fell 250 feet when a crane bucket lifting them inside the Kingdome hit the ceiling.

Louth's family sued Ness Crane Service Inc., and Pacific Components Inc., the general contractor, for damages in U.S. District Court. Both firms reached a settlement in out-of-court mediation, said William Marler, attorney for the Louths.

Turincio's family has sued the two contractors. Negotiations are continuing in that case.