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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Frannie July 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
SO sad to hear a life was lost in yesterday's accident.
Winnetka July 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Prayers for the victims. Hopefully they didn't suffer.
Tim Tishler July 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
And to think that bridge was supposedly updated last year. I used to travel that way to work every day and I can tell you that only cosmetic repairs were done to it. That bridge is old, why weren't the structural components replaced for as long as the bridge was closed last year? I am sorry for those that lost their lives here, but I wonder if this could have been avoided?
Jenny Stringer July 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Very heartbreaking and tragic. Thoughts and prayers to the victims, their family and friends!
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 06:40 AM
This is an issue I will bring up with the people I talk to over the next couple days.
chris July 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
It's disgusting that we allowed the infrastructure in this country to take a back seat to profit margins. Being in business to make a profit is one thing, profiting at the cost of innocent lives is another. Let's just do the usual and slap a few minor fines on the responsible parties and wait for the next derailment, maybe involving hazardous materials so that there's an extreme loss of life? I not only avoid bridges, but I slow down at grade crossings because who knows if the gates are working?
alexa markoff July 06, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Very sad outcome to this story. However officials should not have immediately said that no one was hurt because even I figured out that a car could be buried under a pile of coal. Hopefully there will not be a next time in this location. But I agree with Chris that gates are not always working and we need to be careful at crossings. My car almost got hit by a train in the city b/c 'the gates weren't working' according to Union Pacific. REALLY? People's lives are so much more important than profit...
David July 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM
This not an accident. This is negligence.
Raymond Prusak July 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
We should just blindly put our faith into the corporate hands that know what's best for their companyies and for us the public. These CEOs must have our interests in mind since they make so much money selling us their goods and services. They have a vested interest in keepin us all safe so we can consume more of what they sell. A few lives are unimportant when you think of all the profits generated by these noble corporations. Imagine letting insiignificant matters like product safety and the environment being added to the hardships CEOs have to endure in turning a profit. Let the railroad company police itself. Who needs needless oversight when the corporate lords know what's best for the bottom line.
HopeChestJewelry July 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I feel really awful for those who die from this tragic accident. I live near by and had taken the same route before. I am just glad I did not that day but my heart really hurts for those that lose their lives.
CAPS July 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Until an independent investigation is completed and made public, all these opinions are just that - opinions. Pray for the victims and their families and friends. And pray for a thorough investigation with results that can help keep this from occurring again - no matter the cause.
Guido McGinty July 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Is there a bridge of that size that is capable of holding 4,200,000 lbs? Profit margins have nothing to do with that calculation.
Winnetka July 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Huh? Why are you babbling about CEO's at a time like this?! Are you clairvoyant? The comments on the Trib site are even worse. People are actually criticizing the family for filing suit. They have no choice for a myriad of reasons: financial obligations left by the decendents, matters of probate, insurance claims, etc. It is unfathomable to think that they must deal w/ legal issues, all while coming to terms with the horrifc end their loved ones met through NO FAULT of their own..and likely grave fault of the authorities, the track owner, the freight company, the repair contractors for the 2009 accident, etc. The family will never lay eyes on their loved ones again for the simple reason that there isn't anything left of them that resembles who they were physically-before. Closure will be tough to come by. Then there are the grandchildren who will not understand what happened and will need it explained to them over and over again why they will never see or be held close by their grandparents ever again. I hope this family sues the h-ll out of all those involved. Hopefully it will prevent a next time. Hopefully.
A Concerned Parent July 06, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sadly CAPS, your exact statement can be said for the tragic drowning at Roosevelt pool. We need to allow the investigation run it's course, bu tbe sure to publicize the findings when they are finished.
Curious Resident July 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Let's go with this...I was there last night...I saw them placing the new rails on the gravel and was thinking and even asked the reporters, why they were doing this when the clean up hasn't been completed. I am pretty sure there is more victims under there because on the other side of the underpass is UPS warehouse, golf course, etc. This was also at them time that the Northbrook parade was getting ready to step off. I feel horrible for the Linder Family! I pray that they did not suffer during this horrible accident! Furthermore, if you are a resident in Northbrook and go through there often the bridge on Shermer and Willow are by far the two scariest. They did not really "repair" the bridge; they made fixes to save money. When I would drive under the Shermer bridge I would gas it especially if I saw a train, same with Willow, and I try not to stay under that bridge when I am caught at the light for the Glen, especially when there is a freight train! However much coal and the heat it should not have been going through the area with even the metra slowing down trains on the tracks!
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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