Thursday, July 5, 2012
TRAIN BRIDGE COLLAPSES IN NORTH SUBURBS, LEADS FREIGHT TRAIN TO DERAIL
The bridge was along the Union Pacific tracks near the border between Glenview and Northbrook.
The accident occurred at 1:45 p.m., according to Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis. The freight train of three locomotives and 138 cars, all loaded with coal, was on its way from Wyoming to a utility in Wisconsin when four cars derailed, Davis said.
Davis said that “a bridge was involved” in the derailment but the exact cause of the derailment was not immediately known. Additionally, “some dry vegetation” near the scene of the derailment reportedly caught fire, Davis said.
There have not been any injuries reported from the incident, he said.
Police and fire crews from Glenview and Northbrook have responded to the scene. Northbrook police referred inquiries to Glenview police, who would not immediately comment.