Home Video May Hold Clue in Fatal Train Derailment Case

As the investigation into the July 4 train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse that killed a Glenview couple continues, Union Pacific officials change their initial statement regarding rail inspections.

Three weeks after the train derailment and bridge collapse that killed Glenview couple Burton and Zorine Lindner, details from a home video may provide clues regarding Union Pacific’s actions before the accident, FOX news reports. (Watch the video here).

For a look at ongoing developments and links to Patch's coverage of the derailment/bridge collapse and investigation thus far, click here.

According to a Tribune report, there have been several discrepancies with Union Pacific’s timeline account of rail inspections leading up the incident. This includes retraction of a statement from railroad officials that the just hours before the derailment and bridge collapse.

Listen: 911 calls released from train derailment

While heat-related track buckling is the suspected cause, according to rail officials, Lindner family attorneys are claiming negligence and a failure to properly maintain and inspect its tracks, the Tribune story said.

For the full story, including more details from Union Pacific on protocol and inspections prior to the accident, click here.

To stay up to date as this story unfolds, "like" either Northbrook Patch or Glenview Patch on Facebook.

Guido McGinty July 25, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis: "During normal weather, the (Federal Railroad Administration) minimum inspection for that bridge is twice a week. Somehow twice a week was mistakenly translated into twice a day." I'm sure it has an honest mistake in translation. UP will get taken to the cleaners.
A Concerned Parent July 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
It has taken them this long to find out there was no inspection prior to the derailment? One of the first interviews that should have been conducted would have been with the signal maintainer. Just another reason to wish the NTSB had conducted their own investigation - the railway corporation is only out to save themselves.
Go With the Flow July 26, 2012 at 01:20 AM
So let me get this straight...it wasn't inspected, yet the signal monitor called in a kink and an inspector arrived just as the bridge collapsed?!?!?!?!?! Oh and the press took their comment out of context of two times per week to twice a day...right?!?!?! So, I'll say pigs can fly...what's next we really thought there were no other victims under the bridge before we put the gravel down...further more...under the viaduct of the willow bridge...if I see broken cement and rust rods coming through...am I to believe that it is structurely sound?!?! Doubtful...red light happens and by that bridge I'll be staying back for sure...We as a community must DEMAND the NTSB to investigate this! I am disgusted by these latest oops!


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