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'Bad Signals' Cause Freight Train Derailment in New Lenox

Nobody was hurt as train cars derailed.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
No injuries were reported in a partial freight train derailment early Sunday in New Lenox, according to CBS Chicago.

New Lenox Emergency Management Director Michael Potocki reportedly said the incident, which occurred just before 5 a.m., was caused by "bad signals on the track."

Potocki said two trains — one eastbound and one westbound — were "vibrating left and right kind of clipped each other and (the two boxcars) partially derailed."

No injuries were reported in the incident, which caused train crossings to be blocked off along Laraway Road at Gougar, Cherry Hill and Spencer roads.

Will County Emergency Management is investigating the incident, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Ty Conderoga February 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM
Explanation given doesn't pass the 'sniff test'. Excessive speed is usually what causes rail cars sway like this: see Hunting Oscillation. From Wiki: It arises from the interaction of adhesion forces and inertial forces. At low speed, adhesion dominates but, as the speed increases, the adhesion forces and inertial forces become comparable in magnitude and the oscillation begins at a critical speed. Above this speed, the motion can be violent, damaging track and wheels and potentially causing derailment._________________________________ Railroads always use 'signal problems' as scapegoat for operator error.
Charles Reasoner February 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM
The spector of an oil train derailing in New Lenox next to our schools and homes is chilling. The Canadian National oil tanker cars are loaded with thousands of barrels of heavy tar sand oil from Alberta and other toxic chemicals. That kind of oil is difficult if not impossible to extinguish and would create an environmental catastrophe. Has there been any discussion or preparation by New Lenox in the event of a massive spill of heavy tar sand oil and a resultant explosion or fire that could burn out of control? We see the frequency of oil trains increasing and we know the trains can and have derailed. What other dots need to be connected?

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