CHICAGO (CBS) — Nearly two weeks after their daughter was paralyzed when a pedestrian shelter fell on her at O’Hare International Airport, a Mundelein family has sued the city for negligence.
Tierney Darden and her family were standing outside Terminal 2 at O’Hare on Aug. 2 when a storm swept in, and they tried to take cover from the hail and high winds by ducking under one of the massive shelters along the arrival lanes.READ MORE: Colorful Murals Adorn Open Center For The Arts In Little Village
The shelter, with rusted brackets and bolts missing, blew over, and crashed on top of the 24-year-old dancer, pinning her to the ground, her knees pressed against her chest.
“She’s screaming for people to help,” her mother Trudy said.
Part of the structure also fell on Trudy, who said she could see her daughter struggling to get free.
“She’s like ‘I can’t move, I can’t move,’ and I’m thinking, ‘Okay, she just can’t move. It’s just probably still too heavy,’ until she goes, ‘And I can’t feel my legs,’” she said.
Four people pulled the shelter off Tierney.
“Once they lifted it off, they’re all yelling ‘You can move, now. You can move, now,’ and she’s still saying, ‘But I can’t move my legs,’” she said.