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Jury awards $15M after MAX train severs woman's leg

Andrea "Amy" Laing was hit in Beaverton in 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland jury has awarded $15 million to a woman whose leg was severed by a MAX light rail train as she tried to run across the tracks to catch a train on the other side.
    
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the amount awarded Monday could be reduced under various Oregon laws applying to the case.
    
Andrea "Amy" Laing was wearing a hoodie when she was struck by a train at a Beaverton station in November 2015.
    
Although it was disputed at trial, TriMet argued she was wearing earbuds that were playing loud music.
    
Jurors found TriMet 43% at fault, the MAX operator 15% at fault and Laing 42% at fault.
    
Jurors after the verdict said TriMet failed to listen to recommendations on improving pedestrian safety in a report written by an engineering firm years earlier.
    
TriMet hasn't decided whether to appeal.


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