Board Members Call for Investigation of Train Derailment
No injuries reported from incident
“I am extremely grateful that there have been no injuries reported from this accident so far, but we are facing a dangerous situation that requires a massive cleanup effort,” said Will County Board Member Gretchen Fritz (R-Plainfield). “I’m looking forward to a full and thorough investigation. We can’t afford to have something happen like this and put our residents at risk.”
A southbound freight train carrying crude oil derailed around 6:30 p.m. Friday near downtown Plainfield and the DuPage River. Some cars were reported leaking, and hazmat and environmental teams were at the scene to prevent fires and crude oil from reaching the DuPage River. Police ordered a half-mile radius evacuation around the scene of the evacuation.
“Canadian National as well as all other railroads must be extra diligent to ensure this type of accident never happens again,” said Darren Bennefield (R-Aurora). “The stakes are simply too high to compromise safety in any way, shape or form. This underscores the need for us as a nation to pay more attention to rail safety as more hazardous freight is hauled across the country, especially through Chicago and our backyards.”