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Family of trucker killed in 2008 crash gets $1M

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – The family of a 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 of Metamora, Mich., careened off an expressway and crashed into the Chinatown Red Line station, killing two people and injuring 21.

Wells died several weeks later. His family claimed Chicago police detained him even though he needed medical attention, and say the delay was fatal.

A federal jury awarded relatives of Wells the money Tuesday after holding the city and four police officers responsible for Wells' detention.

City attorneys contended Wells died of a previously undiagnosed heart problem. They say they'll challenge the decision with the trial judge.

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