Port Authority Negligent in '93 WTC Bombing

Thursday, October 27, 2005

After just over a day of deliberation, a jury has ruled the Port Authority could have done more to prevent the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The negligence finding could cost the agency billions of dollars. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

The six person jury found the Port Authority was 68% responsible for the bombing and the bombers were 32% responsible. But the jury was split on one of the most important questions: whether or not the Port Authority showed a reckless disregard for the safety of the Trade Center's employees by not securing an underground garage.

A truck bomb set off in that garage killed six people and wounded a thousand. Lawyers for the the Port Authority argued that the attack was not preventable because the terrorists were so determined. They have vowed to appeal the verdict, saying the terrorists should be held liable.

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