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Iowa settles snowplow crash lawsuit for $3.5 million

June 5, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to pay $3.5 million to a western Iowa man who was severely injured when a snowplow crashed into his vehicle in 2016.

Court documents show the settlement with 36-year-old Nathan Thompson, of Glidden, was confirmed Friday.

According to Thompson’s attorneys, he was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 30 in Carroll County on the morning of Feb. 3, 2016, when the driver of a state snowplow traveling in the opposite direction failed to raise the plow blade before crossing a bridge. That caused the plow blade to hit a guard rail, swing across the center line and hit Thompson’s car.

Thompson suffered multiple broken bones and a brain bleed and is now permanently disabled with a traumatic brain injury.

The settlement was reached less than two weeks before the lawsuit was set to go to trial.

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