A Philadelphia jury has awarded $10.5 million to the family of a mother of two who was “buried alive” during a collision with a dump truck carrying thousands of pounds of sand.

The jury handed up its verdict Thursday in Judge Mark I. Bernstein’s courtroom, awarding the husband and two autistic sons of decedent Gail Walsh $1.5 million in survival damages and $9 million for wrongful death. The jury in Walsh v. Mack Trucks split liability between three defendantsallocating 50 percent to the driver who allegedly caused the dump truck to swerve and tip onto Walsh’s vehicle.

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