Jury awards $6.6M to woman hurt in O’Hare train accident

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CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $6 million to a woman seriously injured when a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed at O’Hare International Airport.

Yolanda Montes was hurt when the Blue Line train crashed through a barrier at the airport station and landed on an escalator leading to the terminal. Montes’ attorney, Christopher Norem, says a jury on Friday awarded his client $6.6 million in a case stemming from the March 24, 2014 crash.

The early-morning crash injured dozens and caused millions of dollars in damages. It led the CTA to make operational changes, including lowering the speed of trains approaching the airport. Norem says another train passenger received a $4.1 million verdict last month.

The CTA declined comment Tuesday morning on the jury award.



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