A federal report is revealing the likely cause of a deadly train derailment that happened in north suburban Glenview. The report blames the derailment on extreme heat.
According to the report from The Federal Railroad Administration, a stretch of railroad tracks shifted out of alignment because of triple-digit temperatures. It was 103 degrees that day on July 4, 2012.
The warped track caused a Union Pacific Train, that was carrying coal, to derail. The force of that derailment caused the viaduct over Shermer Road to collapse.
As crews worked to clear the scene the next day, that found two bodies in the wreckage. They were Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife, Zorine, 70. They had been crushed to death in their car as they drove under the bridge.
The Report found the train’s crew was not at fault and no bridge conditions contributed to the collapse.
The Linder’s two sons are suing the Union Pacific Railroad, accusing it of negligence. They allege the tracks were not properly maintained and inspected.
Shermer Road remains closed.