CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) _ A teenager was awarded more than $11 million for an accident at a train crossing that left her with severe brain injuries.

Maureen Martin, 19, spent nearly two months in a coma after being hit by a Union Pacific Railroad coal train in November 2002. She still has slurred speech and walks with a cane.

``I felt good,'' Martin said Thursday after the verdict. ``And I feel like this whole, last two, past years isn't a waste ... This will help.''

Railroad attorneys said they will appeal.

Martin's car stalled at the railroad crossing as she was driving to school. Her then-boyfriend, who was driving behind her, tried to push her off the tracks with his pickup, but the train broadsided her vehicle and slammed it into a concrete barrier.

The family's lawsuit claimed Union Pacific knew the rail crossing was dangerous and that the train's crew should have stopped before it reached the intersection. Union Pacific claimed Martin's vehicle was in the clear until the unsuccessful attempt to ram it across the tracks.