Nearly Thirty Million Dollars Awarded to Woman over Metra Derailment
Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
A former Southland woman has been awarded nearly thirty million dollars over a Metra train derailment in which she was severely injured. The derailment occurred on Chicago’s South Side, and last week the jury in the trial awarded the woman compensation of $29.6 million.
The lawsuit filed by Renea Poppel is the first of around seventy cases filed against Metra over the incident to go to trial. Poppel, aged twenty eight, was one of around one hundred passengers that was injured in the derailment. Two people also died in the incident, which occurred when an engineer raced through a ten mile per hour crossing at sixty nine miles per hour.
Poppel’s attorney, Dan Kotin, said of the verdict: “I think it was an example of justice. I think most people that were involved in this case and heard all the evidence would probably agree with that.”
A local resident in the area also said: “We’ve seen them go through a whole lot. They’re very Christian people, and they’re very good people. They deserve the best. She’s going to need every bit of the money to take care of her family. She’s going to need all of that and then some.”