ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A lot of us are still haunted by the fiery images that came from Rockford’s fatal train derailment four years ago. Today, first responders are training for similar emergencies.
A drill was held on the railroad tracks just south of Auburn Street. Rockford fire fighters are working with Union Pacific to handle a mock tank car emergency where crews learned how to quickly spot hazardous chemicals such as ethanol, which you may remember, was involved in the 2009 explosion on Mulford and Sandy Hollow.
Fire fighters say it’s important to be prepared.
"There's definitely potential for an incident to occur, we have a lot of places where the railroad crosses streets in our town, so the potential's definitely there. The railroad takes extra special caution to make sure that what they're doing is safe,” said Kyle Hill with the Rockford Fire Department.
Training will continue tomorrow with the Cherry Valley Fire Department.