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$12.5M to railroad worker run over by train

Jan 29, 2014 -- 5:05pm

An eastern Missouri 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 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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