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Woman Loses Leg In Crash, Gets Bill For Guardrail Damage

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Chicago woman lost her leg in accident and was billed for damages.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials say they’re looking into an Chicago woman’s complaint that she was billed for damage caused by a crash in which she lost part of her right leg.

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Twenty-seven-year-old Marzena Mulawka says a tractor trailer struck her car, causing the crash on a snowy stretch of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania in January. The Illinois native lost her right leg below the knee and suffered other serious injuries.

But Mulawka says PennDOT added insult to injury in August when it sent her a $2,500 bill for the damaged guardrail. She responded with an e-mail detailing the crash, her injuries and recovery in Tennessee.

Transportation department spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that PennDOT typically waives such bills in the case of serious injury or death. He says the department is reviewing the bill.

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