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Union Pacific To Hold Community Meeting Monday Night

Representatives from the railroad company will discuss the circumstances of the July 4 train derailment and bridge collapse on Shermer Rd. that killed two Glenview residents.

At the request of Northbrook and Glenview officials, representatives from Union Pacific will appear at a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts.

Officials are expected to discuss the safety history of the collapsed viaduct — the site of two prior derailments — construction plans for the replacement viaduct and information for those looking to file claims with Union Pacific.

Read Patch's full coverage of the train derailment and bridge collapse .

Representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration, Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois Department of Transportation are also scheduled to attend the meeting.

Community members at the meeting will have an opportunity to ask questions, moderated by Glenview Village Manager Todd Hileman.

Residents and businesses can file claims relating to the derailment, viaduct collapse and temporary closure of Shermer Rd. by contacting Jeff Alaniz, Union Pacific’s claim representative, at (312) 777-2028 or by email to jaalaniz@up.com

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Go With the Flow July 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I don't travel on Techny especially since it is closed from Pfingsten to Shermer for construction. However, I am here along time too and if it connects to the UP then it has never been maintained. I still would like to know why these bridges have not been replaced and more secure!
Greg July 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Wow Joe Ski, I think it's very evident that the bridge collapsed because of the weight over the cars. Union Pacific stated that 28 cars weighing 140 tons each piled on top of that bridge, no railroad viaduct like the on shermer rd is made to handle 7,840,000 lbs. Also in the 2009 nine derailment, the cause was an equipment failure. Just east of the viaduct on shermer rd is a railroad switch, A car off a Westbound Canadian Pacific train had one of its wheels go over the switch and into the Eastbound train that was parked there.
Greg July 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Just curious, last I knew rugged steel was not astheticallly pleasing. Looking at images of the viaduct on Willow Road, I see more paint chipping off the viaduct exposing steel. Also what do mean by over amount of coal? I'll say this again obiviously you people have no idea what you are talking about!
IWPCHI July 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
We have posted an expose of the current state of the Willow Rd. bridge showing the severe deterioration of parts of that structure. You can view it here: http://iwpchi.wordpress.com Independent Workers Party
Rudolph S Caparros Jr December 13, 2012 at 06:09 PM
HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

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