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February 2014 Archives

Chicago train crashes into car stuck on the tracks

It was a terrifying day for one driver in Chicago, Illinois, when her car got stuck on the train tracks as a Metra train bore down on her. The driver was attempting to cross the tracks when her wheels began spinning on the ice and snow. She tried to back up and the car moved a few feet, but it was not nearly enough to get out of the way of the train. The train blew its horn, but there was no stopping at that point, and it slammed into the front of the car. The car then spun away from the tracks, spinning at least twice, the front end smashed into a mess of metal, before coming to a stop.

Chicago area family awarded $6.65 million in wrongful death suit

Death is an inevitability in war. However, the deaths of some military members and others working for the military are caused by negligence, just as civilian workplace deaths sometimes are. That's what a Cook County jury found in the case of an Arlington Heights man who was employed by a contractor for the U.S. military in the Middle East.

$16 million awarded for wrongful death of two Illinois teens

In a shocking accident around four years ago, two teen boys who were only 14 and 19 were working at a grain facility in Mount Carroll, Illinois. Instructed by their employer to enter a grain bin and try to get clumps of corn to break up, they went inside. They fell into the grain funnel and wound up literally being buried in corn, suffocating and suffering painful compression marks on their battered bodies. Their deaths prompted actions leading to awards of $8 million each to their two families for their wrongful deaths.

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