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    CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. (WLS) -- The Metra BNSF line will resume full service Friday morning, including stopping at Clarendon Hills for the first time since Wednesday's fatal crash.At a press conference Thursday, the NTSB confirmed that 72-year-old Downers Grove woman Christina Lopez was ejected from the train because of damage caused by a collision with a box truck.Authorities said they are continuing to investigate why the truck was on the tracks. Christina Lopez, 72, of Downers Grove, was killed when the BNSF Metra train she was riding on collided with a box truck in Clarendon Hills. The NTSB plans to release a preliminary report in two weeks after gathering footage from nearby video cameras as well as witness accounts. The complete investigation could take up to 18 months to complete."There's a lot information here, and we want to make sure that we get it right," NTSB vice chairman Bruce Landsberg said.The family said Lopez was a "tremendous" woman who was retired with three daughtersNTSB gives update on Metra crash investigation EMBED More News VideosNTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg speaks...
    CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. (WLS) -- The Clarendon Hills Metra stop remains closed Thursday after a passenger was killed and four other people were injured in a crash with a box truck during the Wednesday morning rush hour.The National Transportation Safety Board is now heading up the investigation after the passenger was killed and two other passengers and two BNSF employees were injured in the crash at the Prospect Avenue crossing. All injuries were described as minor."All of us on Metra and BNSF Railway are devastated by this death and we will be working hand-in-hand with the NTSB to find out what happened," Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.Truck catches fire after being hit by Metra trainEMBED More News Videos A truck caught fie after being hit by a Metra BNSF train Wednesday morning. Authorities have not released the identity of the woman who was killed, but it appeared she was ejected from the inside of the train as it hit the truck.The incident made for a chaotic and scary morning for many commuters and people living in the downtown area.RELATED: 3...
    CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. (WLS) -- A Metra BSNF train hit a truck in Clarendon Hills Wednesday morning Metra said.The incident has led to service disruptions to inbound and outbound traffic and Metra warned customers to expect extensive delays.Inbound Train #1304 will originate at Hinsdale due to train #1242 striking a vehicle.Further details on the incident were not immediately available.
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- A Metra BNSF train struck a pedestrian in Naperville Friday morning, Metra said.Metra said all inbound and outbound trains have been halted after train #1214 struck a pedestrian.Extensive delays are expected, Metra said.Further details were not immediately avaialble.
    ESCALON (CBS13) — A vehicle got stuck on the BNSF railroad tracks at Highway 120 and was struck by a train, said the Escalon Police Department. The driver mistook the train tracks for a road and drove onto the tracks. READ MORE: 28-Year-Old Arrested For Resisting Arrest In StocktonAfter their car got stuck, the driver exited the vehicle before it was struck by a train. READ MORE: Vegetation Fire In Placer County at Vista Del Oro CourtThere were no injuries. MORE NEWS: Crews Call Off Search For Missing Swimmer In Sacramento RiverHighway 120 was closed for 3 hours and McHenry Avenue and 1st Street were closed for 5 hours.
    (CBS4) — The National Transportation Safety Board recently released its preliminary investigation into the death of a railway worker in Denver last month. (credit: NTSB) According to the report, a BNSF Railway remote control operator died when he fell from the front of a locomotive while switching railroad cars. The worker was equipped with a device that detects the position of an operator. That device initiates an emergency application of the train’s air brakes. The workers death remains under investigation by NTSB. RELATED: BNSF Rail Employee Dies After Accident Involving Train
    LA GRANGE, Ill. (WLS) -- Metra BNSF trains are operating with residual delays Thursday morning after a pedestrian was hit by a train in La Grange, officials from the commuter rail line said.Train No. 1200, scheduled to arrive at Chicago's Union Station at 5:12 a.m., was stopped at the La Grange Stone Avenue Metra station just after 5:10 a.m. after hitting a pedestrian, Metra officials said.Inbound and outbound trains were stopped at 5:20 a.m., and train No. 1201, which was supposed to leave Union Station at 5:28 a.m., would not operate after the incident.Train No. 1230, departing Aurora at 7:17 a.m., was also canceled.RELATED: Harvey crash kills 4 after car hits last car of freight train at crossing, officials sayTrains began moving again about 5:50 a.m., but extensive delays are expected.Western Springs police said they were handling an incident at La Grange Stone Avenue but would not provide any additional information about the condition of the person hit by the train.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A train derailment Thursday morning is under investigation in western Minnesota. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the derailment happened shortly before 9 a.m. west of Frazee and east of Detroit Lakes. There were no injuries. The Burlington Northern train was traveling eastbound when it derailed. (credit: KVLY) According to BNSF, the train was carrying consumer products and the derailment also affected another train on a nearby track. BNSF says traffic on the railway’s main lines was impacted as a result of the incident and crews are working as “quickly and safely as possible” to clear the incident.
    DENVER (CBS4) – Several freight train cars derailed in Denver Saturday morning. Burlington Northern Santa Fe confirmed the crash happened at around 6 a.m. (credit: CBS) Officials add three of seven cars fell into the South Platte River. There are no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. “I’m very curious,” said Elizabeth Horner, who lives nearby. “Was it the snow, was it human error, should we be concerned?” (credit: CBS) On Saturday, crews worked to clean up the area and remove the train cars from the river. Denver Parks and Recreation Department closed a portion of the South Platte River Trail in the Globeville area due to the train derailment. The closure came as a surprise to some people trying to bike or scooter into town. “I didn’t hear anything this morning, so it’s pretty surprising to come over here and see all this,” said Tim Bury. BNSF has not confirmed if the bridge is the cause of the derailment.
    DENVER (CBS4)– The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an accident that involved a BNSF rail employee who was fatally injured in a rail yard. Denver police rushed to the area of 3700 N. Globeville Road after noon on Wednesday to investigate the crash between a train and pedestrian. It was later revealed that the pedestrian was an employee of the BNSF rail and did not survive.
    BROOKFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Metra BNSF line trains were halted at the Congress Park station in Brookfield during the Friday afternoon rush after someone was hit by a train. Trains headed both east and west were stalled. Some BNSF trains that were scheduled to depart from Union Station Friday afternoon also will not run. READ MORE: Fights, Gunfire, And Frequent Police Calls At Kick-Off's Bar & Grill Fuel Markham Mayor's Call For Midnight Closing Time For All Bars ThereMetra advised that extensive delays are expected. READ MORE: U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 900,000; Illinois Alone Has Seen More Than 30,000 DeathsFurther details about the incident were not immediately available. MORE NEWS: Gov. JB Pritzker Touts Plan To Suspend Sales Tax On GroceriesCHECK: Metra Updates
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A preliminary report on an Amtrak train derailment in Montana last month that killed three people and injured dozens more offered no clues about what triggered the accident, but said the train’s emergency brakes were activated and that Amtrak estimated the damage at more than $22 million. However, one attorney whose client is suing Amtrak and BNSF Railway said he wanted to learn more about the crash-worthiness of the train’s observation car and an attorney for a crew member said she reported seeing a 30-foot dip along the railroad, where it appeared the track bed had given way. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report Tuesday on the Sept. 25 derailment of the westbound Empire Builder just west of Joplin, in north-central Montana. It was mostly factual, saying there were 154 people on board and that 44 passengers and crew were taken to area hospitals with injuries. Passengers without serious injuries were bused to the nearby town of Chester, where residents provided food and other aid. The train was traveling at between 75...
    (CNN)Seven people injured when an Amtrak train derailed last month in rural Montana have filed federal lawsuits against Amtrak and BNSF Railway, alleging the companies were negligent in their duty to care for the passengers. The derailment on September 25 near Joplin, Montana, left three people dead; at least seven others were hospitalized. The Amtrak Empire Builder train 7/27 was headed westbound from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest when it derailed, according to Amtrak. BNSF Railway is responsible for maintaining the track where the incident occurred.Read More Amtrak train derails in remote part of Montana, killing at least 3 peopleThe accident claimed the lives of Don Varnadoe, 74, and his wife 72-year-old Margie as well as Zach Schneider, a 28-year-old senior software engineer who was traveling with his wife, Rebecca, to visit Portland. The lawsuits, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accuse Amtrak of being at "fault and (violating) the highest duty of care," adding that it had "a duty to safely operate, inspect, maintain, and repair the railcars and engines that comprised ... the train."...
    HELENA, Mont. -- An Illinois law firm filed lawsuits Monday against Amtrak and BNSF Railway on behalf of seven passengers who were on an Amtrak train when it derailed in north-central Montana late last month, killing three and injuring dozens of others.The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Illinois on behalf of a Massachusetts couple, a Pennsylvania couple, an Indiana couple and a Montana man who were all injured in the Sept. 25 derailment of an Empire Builder train near Joplin, Montana, Clifford Law Offices said.The lawsuits allege negligence in failing to prevent the derailment and seek damages for injuries and psychological trauma suffered when the train went off the tracks. They also seek to challenge a mandatory arbitration agreement Amtrak put in effect in January 2019.Sean Driscoll, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, said the agreement denies passengers their constitutional right to a trial by jury if they are injured on an Amtrak train and sets a maximum of $295 million in damages per incident for Amtrak.The arbitration agreement, but not the cap on damages, also applies to...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Illinois law firm filed lawsuits Monday against Amtrak and BNSF Railway on behalf of seven passengers who were on an Amtrak train when it derailed in north-central Montana late last month, killing three and injuring dozens of others. The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Illinois on behalf of a Massachusetts couple, a Pennsylvania couple, an Indiana couple and a Montana man who were all injured in the Sept. 25 derailment of an Empire Builder train near Joplin, Montana, Clifford Law Offices said. The lawsuits allege negligence in failing to prevent the derailment and seek damages for injuries and psychological trauma suffered when the train went off the tracks. They also seek to challenge a mandatory arbitration agreement Amtrak put in effect in January 2019. Sean Driscoll, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, said the agreement denies passengers their constitutional right to a trial by jury if they are injured on an Amtrak train and sets a maximum of $295 million in damages per incident for Amtrak. The arbitration agreement, but not the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Inbound and outbound train service is halted near Highlands after a BNSF train hit a pedestrian. The incident happened just after 1:00 Wednesday afternoon. According to Metra, expect “extensive” delays. Metra said the duration of the delays is unknown at this time. More information on how pedestrian incidents may affect your travel: https://t.co/xNaPZrKcdb https://t.co/RezEdKaxvc — Metra BNSF (@metraBNSF) September 29, 2021 This is a developing story.
    JOPLIN, Mont. -- One of the three people killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana has been identified.Family members identified him as Zach Schneider from Fairview Heights, Illinois, just over the border from St. Louis.They told ABC News Schneider was a big Green Bay Packers fan and loved a good slice of Chicago-style pizza.The other two victims had not been identified as of Monday morning.Federal investigators are seeking the cause of the derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend.WATCH: Officials give update on train derailment in MontanaEMBED More News Videos Amtrak officials said around 4 p.m. MT, the Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed near Joplin, Montana. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said the train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members. It had...
    JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said the train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members. It had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, with some tipping onto their sides. Trevor Fossen was first on the scene. The Joplin resident was on a dirt road near the tracks Saturday when he saw “a wall of dust” hundreds of feet high. “I started looking at that, wondering what it was and then I saw the train had tipped over and derailed,” said Fossen, who called 911 and started trying to get people out. He called his brother to bring ladders for people who couldn’t get down after exiting through the windows...
    A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said. The westbound Empire Builder was en route from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200. Trevor Fossen was first on the scene. The Joplin resident was on a dirt road nearing the tracks Saturday when he saw "a wall of dust" about 300 feet high. AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILS IN MONTANA, LEAVING AT LEAST 3 DEAD "I started looking at that, wondering what it was and then I saw the train had tipped over and derailed," said Fossen, who called 911 and started trying to get people out. He called his brother to bring ladders for people who couldn’t get down after exiting through the windows of cars resting on their sides. The train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members and had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, Amtrak spokesman Jason...
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