NTSB Finds Lessons in Deadly Train Derailment in Cherry Valley

By: The Associated Press / 23 WIFR
By: The Associated Press / 23 WIFR

CHERRY VALLEY (AP) -- A spokesman says Canadian National Railway is reviewing recommendations stemming from an investigation of a deadly 2009 train derailment and explosion in Cherry Valley.

The National Transportation Safety Board met Tuesday in Washington to adopt a final report on the derailment. A Rockford woman died as she tried to flee the derailment and explosion of tank cars carrying flammable ethanol.

The board determined the derailment was caused by a washout of track and the failure to notify the train in time.

The NTSB tells 23 news C-N was required to have a sign posting emergency numbers next to the tracks. Nothing was posted.

Canadian National Railway Co. spokesman Patrick Waldron Co. says the railroad already has changed the way it handles weather warnings and emergency calls, and is reviewing other recommendations.

The company agreed in October to pay $36.2 million to the family of the Rockford woman who died.

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