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Police Chief: Teen Was ‘Breezing’ Before He Was Killed By Train

The final moments of a 14-year-old’s life are shown on a Union Pacific railroad videotape seen just yesterday by the police chief in Maple Park, about 60 miles west of Chicago.

06/19/2014

Railroad Crossing

Historic Union Pacific Train Helping Warn Of Rail Dangers

A distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.

06/11/2014

credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Three More Metra Lines Get Wind Gauges To Reduce Storm Delays

Union Pacific rules require trains operated by UP to stop when there are extreme winds. Without the gauges, trains have to stop whenever there are powerful winds anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area, not just along a specific line.

05/01/2014

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Rail Partner: Service Meltdown Won’t Happen Again

Both the Union Pacific and Metra stressed that Friday’s meeting was meant to explain — not justify — what happened earlier this month. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/17/2014

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Board To Seek Answers On Recent Weather Delays

Members of Metra’s board are expected to have some blunt questions Friday for a top-level official from the railroad that operates three of its commuter lines about its performance in the storms and bitter cold since the first of the year.

01/17/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Hoping To Reduce Wind Delays With New Solution

The commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech — the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.

11/11/2013

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Feds: Fatal Train Derailment, Bridge Collapse Caused By Heat

The Federal Railroad Administration said it’s likely that temperatures of 103 degrees last July caused train tracks to buckle, derailing a coal train, and causing the bridge it was traveling on to collapse.

07/23/2013

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Union Pacific Signal Problems Lead To Some Metra Delays

Systemwide signal problems on the Union Pacific railroad on Tuesday morning led to a handful of Metra trains being delayed or stopped while the issue was fixed.

04/09/2013

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Plan For New Bridge At Site Of Deadly Train Wreck

A new railroad bridge will be built at the site of a deadly train derailment and viaduct collapse in the northern suburbs on July 4.

08/29/2012

File Photo (Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

Durbin Wants Railroads To Conduct More Frequent Track Inspections

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is urging the railroad industry to help prevent future train derailments that might be caused by extreme heat by conducting more frequent track inspections.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2012

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Union Pacific Railroad Concedes Misstatements About Deadly Wreck

The Union Pacific Railroad is correcting some misinformation about the July 4th freight train derailment that killed a Glenview couple.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Railroad: Employee Noticed Potential Problem With Tracks Before Derailment

The employee, who was checking the tracks, alerted a manager that day, but the fatal pileup occurred before that supervisor could arrive, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

07/16/2012

A car with at least one body inside was found in the rubble of a train derailment and bridge collapse in the northern suburbs, a day after the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Public Given Chance To Discuss Deadly Train Wreck With Railroad Executives

The public will get a chance to meet Monday evening with railroad executives and federal investigators, about the deadly 4th of July derailment and bridge collapse on the Glenview-Northbrook border.

CBS Chicago–07/16/2012

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Investigators Review Video Of Train Wreck That Killed 2

Federal investigators are looking at video of the freight train accident that killed a Glenview couple on the 4th of July.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2012

A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

After Fatal Train Wreck, Durbin Calls For More Federal Oversight Of Bridge Inspections

As crews continued cleanup of the train derailment and bridge collapse that killed a Glenview couple, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was calling for increased federal oversight of railroad bridge inspections.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife Zorine, 70 (Family Photo)

Family Of Train Wreck Victims Sues Railroad; Cleanup Halted

The family of a Glenview couple killed in a train derailment and bridge collapse has filed a wrongful death suit against Union Pacific Railroad over the incident, and a judge has ordered cleanup of the wreck halted to preserve evidence in the case.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2012

Lombard Train Fatal

Person Struck, Killed By Metra Train In Lombard

Police in west suburban Lombard are investigating after a person was struck and killed by a freight train.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

Railroad Crossing

Young Man Struck, Killed By Train In Lake Forest

Police in Lake Forest are going over train schedules and looking to review video from Metra trains to determine just when a young man, whose body was found near railroad tracks in the north suburb, was fatally struck by a train.

03/25/2012

Railroad Crossing

Report: $2.5M Spent, But Rail Crossing Congestion Panel Has Done Nothing

Twelve years ago, a panel was formed to fix a major congestion problem in the near western suburbs. So what happened?

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

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Wires On Tracks Halt Metra Trains In Western Suburbs

Train traffic on the Metra Union Pacific Line to and from the western suburbs was halted this morning, after electrical wires fell across the tracks.

CBS Chicago–06/09/2011

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