UPDATE: Collapsed Bridge Victims Identified; Judge Orders Cleanup Halt

A Glenview couple was crushed by debris from July 4's train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse. An order from a Cook County judge to stop work for 36 hours will allow attorneys for the family time to hire experts who will examine the scene.

Update July 6 at 12:45 pm. 

A Cook County judge has ordered a stop order on cleanup of from Wednesday’s derailment and subsequent bridge collapse, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

The bodies of Glenview’s Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife Zorine, 70, were found Thursday beneath the wreckage of the 138-car freight train debris.  The couple was crushed when the viaduct they were driving under collapsed following the train derailment near Willow and Shermer Roads July 4.

Police and fire officials initial reported no injuries in the derailment, but officials are now saying there may be additional victims.

According to the Tribune, the judge's order to stop work for 36 hours will allow attorneys for the family time to hire experts and a videographer to examine the scene before a wrongful death action suit is filed.

The personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Fisher and LaMonica will be representing the Lindner family. 

Lindner was the founding and senior partner of Lindner & Lindner, a firm he started in 1975. Zorine was a social worker who previously worked at Homles Middle School in nearby Wheeling. 

A press conference will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available. 

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Update July 6 at 11:30 a.m.

The victims of the collapsed bridge have been identified and their family plans to file a wrongful death suit, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Burton Lindner, 69 and Zorine Lindner, 70 of the 100 block of Cornell Court in Glenview were crushed by debris in Wednesday's bridge collpase, officials said.

According to the Tribune, the family is planning legal action and attorneys for them appeared in court this morning. The Cook County judge granted their request that all clean-up work at the site be halted so that the family can send investigators to the scene, the article says.

A press conference will be held this afternoon. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available. 

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Update July 6 at 9:40 a.m. 

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, the victims found in the car beneath the rubble were a man in his 60s and a woman, age unknown. Identities remain undisclosed. 

Examinations for both victims are scheduled later today. 

Update July 5 at 5:35 p.m. 

A second body was found in the car buried in the train derailment debris, the Chicago Tribune reports

Original Story

. A few hours later, one body was recovered from the crushed vehicle. 

“We now have confirmation that one car traveling south under the Shermer Rd. overpass at the time of the derailment, approximately 1:30 p.m. yesterday, was crushed underneath the collapsed railroad bridge during the incident," Glenview Fire Chief Wayne Globerg said at the scene. "One body has been recovered from the automobile and recovery crews are working to determine if there is another. The identity of the unknown victim is not being released at this time.”

Due to the amount of debris at the site immediately after the bridge collapsed, recoverey crews were initially unsure if anyone was hurt.

“The car was discovered when Union Pacific crews were removing the derailed cars from the scene this morning at approximately 10," Globerg said. 

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Reasonable July 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I have no problem with filing a lawsuit, however, I would think that notifying the rest of the family, making funeral arrangements, and dealing with the loss would come first. As far as the judge halting the cleanup to gather evidence, one, the NTSB is already investigating, and will share everything with all parties involved, two, any evidence as to the cause of the accident has possibly already been compromised, and three, it's possible that there could be other cars under there, delaying notification of THEIR families. IF the accident was caused by negligence, that will come out, and the parties involved will face criminal charges. If it was caused by the massive heat, then it was an act of God that could not have been foreseen. As far as the bridges capacity, they are designed to hold a few railroad cars going over it at one time, NO BRIDGE is designed to hold the weight of 20-30 railroad cars piled on top each other. I pray for the victims and their families, but let's not get ahead of ourselves in this tragedy.
Winnetka July 06, 2012 at 10:40 PM
To criticize the dead and their families for wanting to get answers, is despicable. The authorities should have assumed from the start that there were victims under the bridge..given Shermer is an often used thoroughfare for people coming from the north side of Willow and the immediate subdivisions to get to the Glen. To blame the victims for a delay in cleanup so that any clues, evidence can be gathered is a beyond low blow. Bottom line, someone screwed up. For those who blame the heat and call this a natural disaster-get your head examined. This was not natural. Freight trains run across bridges in the deep hot south everyday without incident. The "mistake" that poor couple made was deciding to see a movie at the Glen and take their usual route along Shermer under that ramshackle bridge. I too would drive extra fast under that bridge ever since the 2009 collapse b/c even after the "repairs" it didn't look sound. I also check b/f crossing any train tracks regardless of them having "safety gates" or not. Equipment fails and humans are fallable.
Winnetka July 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
To see photos of the 2 previous derailments including the First bridge collapse at Shermer in the 70's...go to chicagoareafire.com. Larry Shapiro's photos are phenomenal. The visual similarities btwn the 70's derailment and this one...are stunning.
Winnetka July 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
more links to Larry's photos of the previous 2 derailments: http://firegeezer.com/2009/11/05/deja-bridge/
FERNANDO FONTANEZ July 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM


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