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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A man who sued the Boy Scouts after his legs were crushed by a toppling tree at a southwestern Illinois camp has reached a settlement.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that John Gremli of Alton reached the deal with the Boy Scouts of America and Lewis and Clark Council Inc. soon after the Madison County trial began. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Gremli, an assistant scout leader, was helping his son work on merit badges at Camp Warren Levis in Godfrey in July 2010. He says a 50-foot red oak tree fell across his tent as Gremli slept, pinning his legs.

He eventually lost his right leg above the knee.

The tree might have been weakened by heavy rain.

The lawsuit alleged scouting officials should have known the tree posed a danger.

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