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Amtrak service to continue after freight derailment in Illinois

Amtrak train services were disrupted on Monday, July 6th when a freight train derailed near Pontiac, Illinois. The services, along the Chicago-to-St. Louis line, resumed the following Wednesday, July 8th. According to Amtrak spokesman Mark Magliari, the accident that involved a Union Pacific train with three locomotives and 105 cars loaded with corn, occurred when [….]


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 [….]


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 [….]


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 [….]