Monday, August 27, 2012
A public meeting of the Glenview and Northbrook Village Boards Aug. 28 is scheduled to review a bridge design estimated to cost $10 million.
The following information was released by the Village of Glenview. The Glenview and Northbrook Village Boards of Trustees have scheduled a public joint meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, to review a Memorandum of Understanding with Union Pacific Railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation for a permanent bridge over Shermer Road to replace the viaduct that collapsed July 4. The meeting is scheduled to take place at Glenview Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road, in the Board Room. It can be viewed live on GVTV (cable channel 6 or 17), AT&T U-verse channel 99 PEG and streamed live on our website. It will also air on Northbrook Channel 17. Key terms of the agreement up for discussion: "Like" Northbrook or Glenview Patch to …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Union Pacific is handling loss of business claims for local shops, including nearby Mario's Pizza and Beef, whose owner is still concerned about sustaining his business.
Businesses near the Shermer and Willow intersection keep struggling while Shermer Rd. remains blocked by the temporary stone bridge Union Pacific built to move freight until a new viaduct is built. There is still no confirmed design to replace the one that fell in July, crushing two Glenview residents driving underneath. "I've seen books that [nearby businesses] are 40 to 50 percent off the usual business they have this time of year," said Don Owen, Glenview's Deputy Village Manager. "If that lasts over time, you can't sustain a business." Related: Full Coverage of the Union Pacific Derailment and Bridge Collapse Union Pacific has a claims department dedicated to helping people who've been somehow affected by the company, but it is …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Federal law forbids rail employees from using electronic devices while on duty.
On July 4, a Union Pacific signal maintainer noticed something unusual in the rails that runs freight through Glenview and Northbrook. The rail worker reported his sighting to a track inspector, who arrived at the scene about the same time as the train derailment that killed two Glenview residents was happening. According to Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis, despite the result of that day’s derailment, the signal maintainer acted appropriately and did just about everything he was trained to. As part of their training, UP employees are instructed to report potential threats to rail safety officers, whether or not the observed threat falls within the employee’s area of expertise, Davis explained. Read Patch's complete coverage of the train…
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.
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 …