22 June 2009 20:00 [Source: ICIS news]
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A 41-year-old woman died as she ran from her car at a railroad crossing, and three others were severely injured on Friday when 18 of the Canadian National Railway train's 114 cars jumped the tracks and caused a massive fire, according to the Associated Press.
Initial reports said the derailment was caused by a washout of the tracks following heavy rains on Friday. Witnesses told the Rockford Register-Star that railcars began hydroplaning in standing water as the train approached the crossing.
Bergsten said the
"We did have preliminary reports that water was over the tracks," Bergsten said.
Canadian National spokesman Patrick Waldron referred questions about the accident to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Investigators with the NTSB did not return calls on Monday, but lead investigator Robert Sumwalt said at a press conference on Sunday that crews notified the dispatcher about high water near the accident site.
"As they were reporting that to the dispatcher, that's when the derailment occurred," Sumwalt said.
Sumwalt said it was still unclear if high water from the storms caused the derailment and appealed for more eyewitness accounts of the accident. He said the NTSB's final report could take up to a year to finish.
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