Texas A&M Settles Decade-Old Lawsuit

College Station, TX – Texas A&M University agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit over the 1999 Bonfire collapse that killed 12 people and injured dozens more.

The families of four students killed and several of those injured sued A&M administrators and construction contractors hired to help build the 59-foot-tall log stack that collapsed.

The administrators had fought the lawsuit, contending they were immune from such suits. But a court of appeals allowed the lawsuit to continue, and the A&M Board of Regents authorized the settlement yesterday.

The cases against the construction firm that provided a crane and the crane operators are still pending. The university is a third-party defendant in those cases.