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 in which the last car on that line fell on its side. This car contained denatured alcohol which came out of the vessel but was contained quickly. Firemen monitored traffic on country road 1700 for one mile due to the potential of drifting fumes.
Various county and state departments including Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police as well as Watseka City Police assisted in setting up the detour in the area that included Rts. 24, 45/52 and 1/52. Trainmaster Preston Nelson stated the derailment occurred because of a “faulty track.”
Train derailments carry the risk of spillage from the cargo within. If you or a loved one has been injured from a chemical leak due to a train derailment, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to find out your legal options.