Jury Awards $12.5 Million to Railroad Worker Run Over by Train

3 years 2 months 4 weeks ago January 29, 2014 Jan 29, 2014 Wednesday, January 29 2014 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:11:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

HILLSBORO (AP) - An eastern Illinois jury has awarded $12.5 million to a railroad worker who blamed his former company for a train accident that cost him his right leg below the knee.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Jefferson County jury unanimously sided Tuesday with 51-year-old Michael Bolen of Jackson.

Bolen sustained the injury in May 2012, when he says he tripped over a boulder in a BNSF Railway yard in Crystal City while directing trains and fell onto the tracks. That's where a slow-moving train ran over his legs.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says that while it sympathizes with Bolen's injury, the Fort Worth, Texas-based company questions Bolen's version and doesn't believe its workplace or equipment contributed to what happened.

Williams isn't saying whether the company will appeal.

 

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