Jurors award $7M to trooper, wife for bus accident

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $7 million in damages to a North Carolina trooper and his wife for when a passenger bus plowed into the trooper's sport-utility vehicle as he responded to an Interstate 40 accident.

Court documents show jurors decided Friday in New Bern that Trooper Chris Justice is entitled to $6 million from Greyhound Lines and bus driver J.L. Robinson. Their verdict also included $1 million for Lisa Justice.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Christmas Eve 2014 collision occurred in Alamance County. Chris Justice was in his parked SUV with emergency lights flashing in the far-right lane when the bus struck from behind. Justice was seriously injured and still can't work.

Greyhound had denied negligence, arguing the Highway Patrol shared responsibility for what happened.

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