$95.6M awarded to Philadelphia building collapse survivor

Firefighters sort through the rubble after building on 22nd and Market Street collapsed in Central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Luke Rafferty/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – An arbitrator has awarded $95.6 million to a Ukrainian immigrant who was seriously injured in a 2013 Philadelphia building collapse.

An attorney for Mariya Plekan announced the division of the $227 million settlement on Thursday.

Plekan was expected to receive the largest individual portion of the settlement announced in February after a 17-week civil trial.

Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store on June 5, 2013. One of the injured died a few weeks later. The jury had found the Salvation Army and building owner, a New York real estate speculator, largely responsible.

Plekan, who was a frequent shopper at the Salvation Army store, was buried beneath the rubble for 13 hours.

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