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CRASH TRAUMA MAY BRING WITNESS DISABILITY BENEFITS

School bus driver Rose Wood, who suffered nightmares, depression and anorexia after seeing the wreckage of a 1986 car crash that killed two teen-agers she knew, should receive worker's compensation benefits, the state's top court ruled Thursday.

The State Court of Appeals decided, 7-0, that psychological pain brought on by witnessing a tragedy can be considered an accidental injury and subject to the same compensation as a physical injury.

If Ms. Wood, 50, is granted partial disability, meaning she should be able to find other work, she can receive up to half her salary.

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