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A General Mills forklift operator permanently disabled when a trailer owned by the former Bakery Salvage Corp. collapsed has accepted a $2.5 million cash settlement from insurance carriers for the defunct company, his attorneys said Friday.

Kim McLaughlin, 45, of Hamburg, should receive the payment within the next 30 days for the 1995 spine injury that left him permanently disabled, according to attorneys Paul W. Beltz and Anne B. Rimmler.

Mrs. Rimmler said McLaughlin was loading animal entrails into the trailer at the South Michigan Avenue plant of General Mills Jan. 31, 1995, when the trailer's front end collapsed.

McLaughlin's head hit the overhead cover of the forklift, causing severe cervical spine injuries, Mrs. Rimmler said.

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