Family of Trucker Killed in Chinatown CTA Crash Gets $1M

In 2008, a semitrailer careened off the Dan Ryan and crashed into the Chinatown Red Line station

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:17 AM CDT
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Family of Trucker Killed in CTA Crash Gets $1M

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A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $1 million to the family of a Michigan truck driver who died after crashing into the Chinatown CTA station.

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The family of a Michigan truck driver who died after crashing into a Chicago train station will get more than $1 million in a lawsuit claiming he was denied prompt medical attention.

In 2008, a semitrailer driven by Donald Wells careened off the Dan Ryan Expressway and crashed into the Chinatown Red Line station, striking pedestrians and the elevated station's main stairwell entrance. The crash killed two people at the station and injured 21.

Wells' family claimed that Chicago police detained him even though he was injured and needed medical attention.

A federal jury awarded relatives of Wells the money on Tuesday after holding the city responsible for detaining Wells too long and finding four officers responsible for his detention.

City attorneys say they'll challenge the decision with the trial judge.

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