The Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle four lawsuits involving men who fell into open storm sewers along Georgia highways after thieves stole the covers to sell for scrap metal.

One man died and the other three were seriously injured, including one who plummeted more than 11 feet after stepping into what his filings described as an open “mantrap.” The plaintiffs are represented by a group of five attorneys: Dustin Davies of Hasty Pope, Rob Hammers Jr. of Schneider Hammers, Adam King of Augusta’s Nicholson Revell and Lance Lourie and Robin Lourie of Watkins Lourie Roll & Chance.

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