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Plainfield Family Settles Lawsuit for 2003 Metra Derailment

The final lawsuit in regards to a Metra train derailment from October 2003 has been settled with a Plainfield family receiving $1.8 million. The three members of the Kuk family were on the Metra train as it went across the 47th Street crossover on the southside of Chicago. The train was going 69 mph at [….]


Mokena Teen killed at Railroad Crossing

A Mokena teen who recently graduated from high school was killed Wednesday night when her car was struck by a Metra train in Tinley Park. Samira Baker, 19, was parked at the tracks at 191st Street, west of LaGrange Road. Witnesses reported her car was inside the lowered gate with the gate resting on the [….]


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 [….]


Fatal train and car accident remains under investigation

A fatal accident that occurred when a car and Metra train collided with a car while on its way to Chicago. The accident took the lives of a 97-year-old woman and her 81-year-old neighbor, whom were both in the car. Also, eight passengers that were on the Rock Island Line passenger train were injured as [….]


Train in Iroquois County Derailed, Roads Closed Due to Possible Drifting Fumes.

U.S. Highway 24 between Watseka and Crescent City was closed on Friday, July 15, 2011 until the morning of July 17, 2011 after a train carrying ethanol derailed and one car leaked a chemical fluid.   The freight train was as 74-car T.P. & W. line between Iroquois county roads 1600 East and 1800 East [….]


Accident in Rail Yard Leaves One Man Dead

A mishap in the Norfolk Southern rail yard in west Kankakee cost a Cabery man his life on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.   Stanley Watts, 43, was working in the yard in the afternoon as two train cars were being switched. According to the Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, Watts became trapped between two cars [….]


Train Accident in Braidwood has Victim Airlifted to Hospital

Braidwood was the scene of a train accident when an Eastbound Amtrak passenger train hit a car at a Braidwood railroad crossing that has warning lights and sounds but no gates.  According to the Daily Journal, the victim was crossing the tracks northbound on Division Street when it was struck by the train just after [….]


Train Derailment spills rocks onto Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Union Pacific tracks just north of Wilmington were closed for most of the day on Wednesday, July 28 when a southbound train derailed early Wednesday morning.  The derailment was reported soon after midnight and was located just west of the Prairie Creek Grain Company at 29400 N. Illinois, Route 53. Eight cars were loaded with [….]


Freight train crashes through Chapel Steel Co. building in Bourbonnais

A freight train crashed through a Chapel Steel Co. building last Thursday. According to police reports, the freight train’s railcars were not ordered properly, causing the train to crash through the building’s rear. The rear of the building had an opening big enough for a 14-foot-tall car, but the freight train was 16 feet tall. [….]