Illinois oil train that derailed near Galena was heading for Chicago

By | April 15, 2015

(HOW CLOSE DOES IT NEED TO GET?)  Officially, they’re railroad tank cars, but after three fiery derailments in three weeks, some have taken to call them “oil bomb trains.”

New information from federal authorities is that 25 million Americans live within the 1-mile evacuation zone that straddles tracks used by crude oil rail lines. Dozens of the tanker trains crisscross metro Chicago each week, and the one that derailed in western Illinois was headed this way.

Two of the freight cars are still on fire. They’re among the 21 crude oil tankers on the train that derailed Thursday just south of Galena. Several of them ruptured and split open, then blew up.

“It is a great concern. People in the past, have brought this up to our attention, for the closeness of the railroad tracks with our buildings, our public, and our roadways down there,” Galena Mayor Terry Renner said.

The 105-car Burlington Northern Sante Fe train was headed toward Chicago at the time of the accident.

(Read more) from ABC News

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