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Bicyclists gets $9M for wreck with 18-wheeler

bike that has been crushed leaning against the back of a yellow vehicle

A jury awarded more than $9 million in damages to a man and woman from Canada who were struck by an 18-wheeler truck while riding their bikes along Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

The eight-member jury found Exel Inc. — more commonly known as the shipping company DHL — liable for the Aug. 3, 2016, collision late Friday after a five-day trial in U.S. District Court in Portland.

It awarded $1.3 million in economic damages, $4 million in non-economic damages and $4 million in punitive damages to Eric Moutal, whose lower left leg was nearly amputated, and $400,000 in non-economic damages to his now wife, Andrea Newman.

The two had been biking along the Historic Columbia River Highway but rode a stretch along the interstate in order to return to their campground.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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