Trains on three busy Metra lines were halted for about 90 minutes Monday morning, out of fear of high winds from storms that swept through the area, but it appears to have been much ado about nothing.
Union Pacific said drivers need to be even more careful when road conditions are snowy and slick, because it takes a 100-car train going 60 miles an hour up to a mile and a half to come to a complete stop, so by the time a train engineer spots your car on the tracks with the train bearing down, it’s too late.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Union Pacific Railroad is correcting some misinformation about the July 4th freight train derailment that killed a Glenview couple.
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.
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.
Federal investigators are looking at video of the freight train accident that killed a Glenview couple on the 4th of July.
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.
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.
Police in west suburban Lombard are investigating after a person was struck and killed by a freight train.
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.