Foxnews.com recently published a report detailing a massive freight train collision around 2am Sunday in southwest Chicago that caused the derailment of several rail cars, damage to a freight train on an adjacent track, and even power outages in the surrounding area. An Illinois train accident lawyer at our firm learned that one of the freight trains involved was traveling from Nashville, Tennessee to Chicago with two locomotives and thirteen freight cars; another from Albany, New York to Chicago had four locomotives and ninety-three freight cars, and a third train from Flint, Michigan had two locomotives and one hundred-thirty freight cars. Needless to say, a collision between these freight trains would cause a significant amount of damage to many of the individual locomotives and cars involved.
Authorities say the derailment sent eight full-sized cars off of the tracks and a ninth car slid down an embankment into a nearby backyard. Though the CSX rail spokesman has no specifics on which train hit the other and which was on the adjacent track, the report states that many authorities said the derailment occurred in an area of elevated tracks. Emergency crews initially called for a hazardous materials response as a precaution, but no hazardous materials were detected and no leaks were discovered in any of the freight trains.
Our Chicago train accident lawyers read that there were no immediate reports of any injuries following the derailment. However, local radio and press reports said power was knocked out to more than 2,500 people in the surrounding area; no energy providers answered calls seeking further details. “CSX is working with local first responders gathering additional information,” the rail spokesman told AP, adding the derailment remains under investigation. He added that the primary focus remained on public safety.
From the perspective of our Chicago train accident attorneys, train accidents cause a significant amount of damage and personal injury throughout the state of Illinois each year. Though the above report did not specify if a driver was in any way responsible for the train derailment, in addition to stating that no one was injured after the collision, when individuals do suffer injury in a train accident due to a negligent driver, they have the right to take action.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, please contact our Illinois accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action, in addition to helping victims compensate for personal injury, medical, and property damage expenses sustained as the result of the accident.