VIDEO: Train Derails, Collapses Bridge Near Glenview-Northbrook

A freight train carrying coal from Wyoming to a utility plant in Wisconsin derailed Wednesday, collapsing an overpass bridge near the Northbrook/Glenview border. According to officials, this is the second derailment at this location since 2009.

Update July 6 at 12:10 p.m.

in one direction along the Union Pacific rail line. 

Update July 6 at 11:30 p.m.

The victims of the collapsed bridge have been identified and their family is pressing charges, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Friends identified the victims as Burton Lindner, 69 and Zorine Lindner, 70 of the 100 block of Cornell Court in Glenview. According to the Tribune, the family is planning legal action and attorneys for them appeared in court this morning.

Update July 5 at 10:30 a.m. 

Yesterday afternoon, a witness arrived at the scene with a about a viaduct collapse and subsequent 22-car pileup at the same location. 

Update July 5 at 9:40 a.m. 

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, the victims found in the car beneath the rubble were a man in his 60s and a woman, age unknown. Identities remain undisclosed. 

Examinations for both victims are scheduled later today. 

Update July 5 at 5:35 p.m. 

A second body was found in the car buried in the train derailment debris, the Chicago Tribune reports

Update: July 5 at 2:18 p.m.

Glenview Fire Chief Wayne Globerger announced that from the car crushed in the collapsed bridge debris. 

Update: July 5 at 1:15 p.m.

Glenview Fire Chief Wayne Globerger told WBBM News Radio that authorities now believe a car was crushed in the wreck, but it’s still unclear if there was a passenger in the vehicle at the time.

“We’ve located what we believe to be a car underneath the debris,” Globerger told WBBM. “We’re working with the railroad to try to dig our way into that vehicle to ascertain if there’s anybody in it.”

With the large amount of debris to clean up, checking for the car will be a slow moving process, Globerger said. According to WBBM, ambulances and other emergency equipment were available on the scene Thursday morning, just in case. 

To the right, watch footage caught on video by local witness Wilbur William. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available.

Original Story

A bridge overpass near the Glenview-Northbrook border collapsed earlier today after a freight train derailed on the Union Pacific tracks near Willow and Shermer Roads, The Chicago Tribune reports.  

According to Union Pacific officials, the train had three locomotive engines and four of its 138 cars had derailed, though there were no reported injuries reported as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Northbrook's Village Board President Sandy Frum was at the scene after the derailment, surveying the damage and talking to police. 

"As far as we can tell no one was involved," she said. "It's horrible at any point to have a train derailment, we're lucky it was no worse than what it is."

Crews were sent to the area around 1:45 p.m., according to police, and witnesses said a small fire was also observed.

There was another derailment in November 2009 at the same location, officials said. 

Jashwant Patel, who owns a Subway near where the accident occurred, told the Sun-Times the bridge was repaired recently. It reopened in October 2011. 

“This bridge was closed for three months last year while it was fixed and they said it would last 100 years,” Patel told the Sun-Times. “It’s the 4th of July and it hasn’t even lasted a year.”

For commuters looking to avoid traffic, Willow has been blocked off by emergency personnel.

Above, watch footage caught on video by local witness Wilbur William. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available.

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Greg Sthay July 04, 2012 at 09:38 PM
They Also Derailed a coal train yesterday in Mesa,Wa. 30 cars are now scrap !!!!
Jill Dillingham July 05, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Wow - I am stunned by how quiet the video is with just the sirens in the background. Eerie.
chris July 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I was ten minutes away from going under that bridge when it happened! Had the traffic signals not been malfunctioning at Pfingston and Willow causing a delay, we might have been under that wreck. Great infrastructure! What's going to fall down next?
Lee July 05, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Whoever rebuilt this bridge last year is completely responsible for the collapse. The project took months to complete and it's clear that they didn't do their job right.
Tom Kloempken July 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Lee, at this point it looks like the derailment happened first which then caused the bridge to collapse. If so, the company or possibly the UP RR that rebuilt it aren't responsible since most bridges can't stand up with a derailment on top of it. The bridge did handle the 3 very heavy locomotives and about 20 to 30 full coal cars before one of the cars derailed. The inertia of the 70 to 80 cars behind the derailed car was tremendous thereby causing an number of the cars that followed to telescope into the first derailed car. Loaded railroad cars can't stop on a dime!
A Big Blast July 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Is there another way to get to the UPS store?
chris July 05, 2012 at 10:27 PM
You would think that officials would automatically assume that when a bridge collapses over a roadway that there might be cars underneath and begin a rapid rescue effort right away? Instead, by accident they discover a bumper 16 hours later? There will be butt covering like you wouldn't believe now.
Winnetka July 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Very sad. We should all pray for the victims and their family. Search and rescue should have been the top priority. There should have been no assumptions. The attitude of the police as recorded by the media, immediately following the wreck, was one of ambivalence. I hope the family sues 'em all. Though this will provide little solace. I've always felt that bridge looked like it was 30 yrs past it's prime. I NEVER cross under a bridge when freight/ transit cars are going overhead OR sitting on the tracks. This proves it's just not worth it.
Tom Kloempken July 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Go east from the intersection of Shermer and Willow to Patriot Blvd. So south on Patriot for about a mile to the 3rd stop light which is West Lake. Turn right on to West Lake Ave. and go west for about 1/2 mile to Shermer where you will see a sign in the road saying the road is closed. Go north on Shermer for almost a mile to the driveway on the right by the accident scene and take that driveway back to UPS.
Tom Kloempken July 06, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I was there twice on the 4th and twice today, Thursday. They had what I guess was over a hundred men and women working their tales off doing what I believe was the best they could under the circumstances. If you saw the magnitude of the problem, I don't believe you would say what you did. They had 20 to 30 gondola cars piled up in all different directions with many ripped to shreds. Each car had around 80 TONS of coal which had spilled all over the place. Between last evening and this morning they did a fantastic job of removing all the damaged cars piling them along side the tracks. Yes, maybe officials should not have said so quickly that no one was injured but hind sight is alway better than foresight. Based on the number of accidents that have occurred at the site of many years, I do feel that Glenview, Northbrook and the State of Illinois should pressure the Union Pacific to design and build a much better bridge than the past ones though they can never build one to support the weight of 20 to 30 cars filled with 80 tons of coal.
Ed60062 July 06, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Tom is right. Heavy equipment was needed to even make a dent. It isn't a matter of digging through bricks, wood, gravel. Those are twisted steel beams and rail cars to be moved.
Firechick July 06, 2012 at 05:28 AM
With the amount of tonage that was above them, there is no way to do a "rapid rescue" even if they knew there was a vehicle in there. Without having the train cars and all the I beams and everything else being shored up, they run the risk of having more collapsing on them as they try to move things to facilitate a rescue. A dead rescuer can't help anyone. Scene safety is the first thing you learn as a firefighter/medic. If the scene is not safe, you don't go in. That was an extremely unstable scene.
Christine Bell July 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Instead of worrying about who to sue and who not to sue, maybe give the police and responding rescue personnel some credit. While I am sure you were enjoying your 4th of July festivities, these men and women were out working in the heat, on a holiday, dealing with people like you who complain and want to sue, but when you hear a bump in the night are one of the first to call 911. Give them a break.
Jennifer Warren July 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The Lindner Family is in my thoughts & prayers!
Fdphotounit July 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Rest In Peace To The Lindners And Thoughts And Prayers To Your Family
JFI July 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Lightening Strikes twice in the same place. What a tragedy for that dear couple and their family. Although a Niles resident, I have driven under that same overpass bridge countless times with daughter and others in the car.
Jim Gerard December 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.


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