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Couple gets $4 million in collapse of walkway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A jury's almost $4 million award fell short of what a Virginia couple sought for injuries they suffered in the collapse of a pedestrian walkway outside an auto racing track, but it allows them to "get on with their lives," their lawyer said.

Cindy and Marty Taylor had sought more than $27 million in damages from Lowe's Motor Speedway and Tindall Corp. of Spartanburg, S.C., the company that built the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 29 in Concord.

"We would have liked a larger verdict, but at least it gives these people a chance to get on with their lives," lawyer Marvin Blount said Thursday. "It's been almost three years and they've had nothing but pain and bills."

The Taylors sought damages for head, back and leg injuries they suffered in the May 20, 2000, collapse of the bridge. Cindy Taylor's 2-year-old son from a previous marriage was less seriously injured.

More than 100 people were hurt, none fatally, as fans exited the speedway complex after The Winston, a NASCAR all-star race.