CHICAGO (AP) _ A jury on Monday awarded $30 million to a prize-winning violinist who lost a leg and part of her foot when she was dragged down a train platform after her violin case got caught behind a door.

The award was far less than the $66 million in compensatory damages and about $500 million in punitive damages Rachel Barton had sought. Railroad attorneys told jurors $5 million total was a fair amount.

Barton was dragged 366 feet down the tracks from a commuter train platform in suburban Winnetka in January 1995. She sued Metra, the suburban commuter rail agency, and the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Co., now owned by Union Pacific.

``Rachel Barton was able to stand up to two railroads with enormous resources and ask a jury of her peers to recognize the depth of her injuries,'' said her lawyer, Robert Clifford.

Jurors were asked to decide whether the railroads' negligence or Barton's failure to try to free herself when her $500,000 violin was caught behind a train door led to the accident.

In the verdict, the jury placed 4.5 percent of the blame with Barton and the rest with the railroads.

Railroad attorneys suggested Barton shared the blame for the accident because she was too worried about her expensive violin to try to slip out of its strap.

Railroad lawyer C. Barry Montgomery said the results proved the justice system is flawed.

``People relate to the Michael Jordans of the world and the enormous amounts being spent in the movie industry, and when that carries over into the jury box that is a serious thing,'' Montgomery said.

In testimony, Barton, 24, described her life since the accident as painful and trying.

``I'm just one big Frankenstein monster,'' she said on the witness stand, describing scars on her legs and one that runs the length of her stomach.

Before she was injured, Barton in 1992 became the first American and youngest person ever to win first prize in the Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany.