Illinois Railroad
12:49 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Durbin urges railroads to do more inspections

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is urging railroad companies to conduct frequent track inspections to prevent rail derailments resulting from heat-related track buckling.
 
The Illinois Democrat's remarks during a Sunday press conference come as investigators continue to examine the cause of a July 4 train derailment that killed two people.
 
A Glenview husband and wife were crushed by the wreckage of a Union Pacific freight train derailment that caused a suburban Chicago railroad bridge to collapse. It sent train cars crashing onto the couple's car on the road below.
 
Union Pacific officials believe the 100-degree heat that day may have caused a rail to expand and led to the derailment.
 
Durbin wants rail companies to investigate track areas prone to that kind of heat-related buckling, sometimes called "sun kinks."