Monday, July 16, 2012
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 Glenbrook North 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 here. 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 …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
On July 4, a train derailment along the Union Pacific freight line caused a bridge to collapse, killing a Glenview couple driving underneath.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Foot traffic has decreased in the area since the fatal crash, which killed a Glenview couple last week.
Wil-Sher Shopping Plaza business owners say they've seen less customers since the July 4 train wreck that caused a bridge to collapse near the Northbrook-Glenview border, the Sun-Times reports. “My customers from Glenview are not coming here," Young Shin, a Glenview resident and owner of Willow Cleaners told the newspaper. "Making our lease payment will not be easy." Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis said a new bridge will be ready in two months, retailers doubt a quick re-opening of Shermer Road. "This is going to be crazy," Angel Hernandez, a cook at Mario's Pizza told Patch. "When they fixed the bridge it was a nightmare, we had no business, last year." The same bridge had been closed last year "for 3 ½ months while Union …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Fisher and LaMonica will remain co-counsel in the wrongful death suit against Union Pacific after a train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse in Northbrook-Glenview.
Chicago's Clifford Law Offices announced today the Lindner family has retained them as lead counsel in the wrongful death suit after last week's bridge collapse. “We’re very experienced trial lawyers in transportation accidents,” Clifford spokeswoman Pamela Menaker said. “We’re highly experienced in terrible tragedies.” The family's initial legal representation, Fisher and LaMonica, will remain on the case as co-counsel. “The railroad has a team of attorneys," Michael LaMonica said. “It’s going to be a very involved case so we decided to get more people involved.” The Sun-Times reported today that Union Pacific has video shot onboard the derailed train, which Union Pacific and the Federal Train Administration are now reviewing. “That …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Union Pacific officials estimate it will take several month to design, procure and install a new permanent viaduct following July 4th's train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse.
Above, find a detour map from Village officials for motorists while Shermer Road is blocked. Union Pacific officials estimate it will take several month to design, procure and install a new permanent viaduct following July 4th's train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse, the villages of Glenview and Northbrook announced Monday. In the meantime, a temporary rail bed embankment constructed by Union Pacific is facilitating freight train traffic, At the request of Glenview and Northbrook officials, a Federal Railroad Administration inspector last Friday examined the structure and confirmed the rail was safe to operate. To stay up to date as this story unfolds, "like" Northbrook Patch or Glenview Patch on Facebook.
Union Pacific reps will appear at a public forum on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Glenbrook North.
Traffic along Shermer Rd. could resume as soon as September, if bridge reconstruction continiues as planned. Two people were killed when it collapsed last week. According to Mark Davis, spokesman for Union Pacific, a new bridge “should be built within two months and the road reopen then.” Union Pacific crews worked during the weekend, clearing remaining coal that spilled in last week's derailment, removing train parts, fixing signals and switches along the rails and resuming freight traffic in two directions. According to Northbrook Board President Sandy Frum, village officials were concerned about a water main that ran beneath the bridge so new valves were installed so it could be shut down if a leak springs during the reconstruction …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Victims of the collapsed Union Pacific bridge in Northbrook memorialized during Sunday funeral.
Burton and Zorine Lindner, married for 46 years, were fondly remembered during their funeral at Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the newspaper, more than 700 people filled the temple to memoralize the Glenview couple who died during Wednesday's train derailment. "There was no better way to go than together," the Lindner's son Matthew said. "They were each other's world. He was her rock, and he couldn't endure life without her." According to the Northbrook Star, Burton's nephew, Bob Cichowicz, visited the scene at Shermer and Willow on Saturday and cried beside his motorcycle. Burton taught Cichowicz how to ride his first bike. The family's lawyers conducted a three…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
A North Shore native reflects on Wednesday's collapsed bridge and recalls a similar event more than 30 years ago.
I still remember a news story that came on my family’s TV one day when I was an 11-year-old living in Wilmette. It was about a harrowing freight train wreck in Glenview. The year was 1974. The results of that accident were eerily similar to the one that occurred July 4th; the Shermer Road rail bridge collapsed and, according to the Chicago Tribune, left a pileup containing 22 twisted railcars, bent track, spilled cargo and what was left of the bridge. Fortunately, that time, no one was hurt. Back then, a friend of mine named Eric Lathrop lived near what is now the Metra North Line. He was astonished when freight trains suddenly appeared on the tracks in Winnetka. Then as now, that line was used almost exclusively for commuter …
Ongoing developments and links to Patch's coverage of the bridge collapse in Northbrook that killed a Glenview couple.
On July 4, a train derailment along the Union Pacific freight line caused a bridge to collapse, killing a Glenview couple driving underneath. Here, read Patch’s full coverage of the recent tragedy: Aug. 29: Shermer Road Will Remain Closed Two More Years Northbrook and Glenview officials passed motions approving a redesign plan to replace the Shermer Rd. bridge that collapsed in July following a Union Pacific train derailment. Aug. 27: Officals to Review Proposed Union Pacific Bridge A public meeting of the Glenview and Northbrook Village Boards Aug. 28 is scheduled to review a bridge design estimated to cost $10 million. Aug. 23: Shermer-Willow Businesses See 50 Percent Drop Since Derailment Union Pacific is handling loss of business …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Union Pacific officials say they were doing safety checks in Northbrook twice a day leading up to the train derailment.
Clean-up crews and freight service have been ordered to halt for 36 hours as experts hired by the Lindner family's attorneys investigate the site of Wednesday's bridge collapse. "Union Pacific has already created a makeshift bridge and already has trains going over the spot which shows they are more interested in having their business carry on the day after this tragedy than they are allowing a real thorough investigation to determine why these two amazing lives were taken away from us," said attorney Michael LaMonica. Erron Fisher and Michael LaMonica of Fisher & LaMonica, P.C. in Chicago appeared on behalf of the families of Glenview’s Burton Lindner, 69, and wife Zorine's, 70, whose bodies were found in the wreckage Thursday. "We’re …