The State Appeal Board has approved paying $1.2 million to an Iowa couple who were injured in a collision with a state trooper who ran a stop sign.
The claim was filed for 78-year-old VerJean Walther and 77-year-old Eugene Walther, of Waverly. Both were seriously injured in the Bremer County crash on April 4. The couple's lawyer, David Roth, says VerJean Walther was hospitalized for nearly nine weeks.
The Walthers' claim said the State Patrol concluded that Trooper Chuck McNally was 100 percent at fault.
Patrol spokesman Mike Winter says McNally has recovered from his injuries and has returned to work. Winter says he can't comment on whether McNally was disciplined.