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Commuter Rail Line blocked by 22-Car Train Derailment

In the early hours of November 3, 20011, a train derailment lead to a fiery scene after the collision of two trains in the area of unincorporated Cook County between Elgin and Bartlett. The derailment has caused the temporary closure of the Milwaukee West Line. Around 5:30 a.m., twenty-two cars derailed and three began to [….]


Train Derailment Leads to Town Evacuation

The town of Tiskilwa in north-central Illinois was evacuated on October 7, 2011 when a train with 126 cars derailed. At least six tanker cars were burning. According to a story by the Associated Press, witnesses reported hearing several explosions.   The derailment took place around 2:00 in the morning about one half mile outside of [….]


Fire Sweeps Over Building, Destroys Three Businesses

Fire gutted a 90,000 square foot building on Grinnell Road in Kankakee that was the home to three businesses. The strong winds of Friday, September 2, 2011 propelled the fire that caused explosions and fifty foot high flames. Smoke from the fire was seen ten miles away. The fire started in the southern section of [….]


Explosion at Hersher plant Sends Five Workers to Area Hospitals

A single “boom” on August 16, 2011, loud enough for neighbors to think a tree had fallen on their own house, indicated that an explosion had occurred at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America plant in Herscher in southwest Kankakee County.   Five people were hurt in the mid-morning explosion that caused a fire. [….]


Five people injured in gas explosion near Kankakee

Five people were injured in a gas explosion that occurred this morning in a town south of Herscher. According to the public relations spokesperson at Riverside Medical Center, three victims from the explosion were sent there after the blast. Two of them were admitted for non-life threatening injuries and another was transported to Loyola University [….]


Suspected gas main explosion destroys two house, kills one man.

Braidwood was the scene of a fire that destroyed two houses and damaged a third on Wednesday April 6, 2011. Mark Lipinsky was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. When Braidwood firefighters arrived at the scene all three houses were on fire.  According to Fire Chief Ken Heberer the house that was in the [….]


Two homes destroyed in Braidwood explosion

Two homes were destroyed and a third was damaged following what authorities believe was a gas main explosion in Braidwood on Wednesday morning. While most of the residents of the 200 block of East Cermak Road escaped without injury, one man was transported to the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for treatment for injuries caused [….]