A truck driver has been awarded an $8 million settlement after becoming paralyzed following an incident with an Iowa Department of Transportation snow plow. 

The accident happened back in 2019 on Highway 67 in Le Claire, Iowa. 

According to Des Moines Register, 64-year-old Terry Bunting was pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 67 clearing the windshield of his tractor trailer when an approaching Iowa DOT snow plow driver pulled the wrong lever and failed to retract the snow plow blade. The plow blade then smashed into Bunting, who was seriously injured as a result. 

Bunting was left with spinal and kidney injuries, blood loss, and a fractured pelvis and ribs. Bunting is now partially paralyzed and must use a wheelchair. He has already collected more than $1.25 million in medical bills, and expects those medical costs to continue throughout his life. Experts estimate that Bunting could rack up more than $7 million in medical bills in the future. 

A three person state appeal board approved an $8 million payout to Bunting on Monday, May 2nd. 

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