Husband of train derailment victim settles lawsuit for $22.5M

October 18, 2011 4:51:20 PM PDT
The husband of a Rockford woman who died during a freight train derailment has settled his lawsuit for $22.5 million.

Zoilla Tellez was in a vehicle with her husband, Jose, at a rail crossing. She died, and he was badly burned, when a Canadian National train derailed and burst into flames.

Attorneys say 74 of the tanker cars were carrying ethanol. They say there had been heavy rains, and tracks washed out.

The lawsuit contended that the railroad was negligent in maintaining both the train and the tracks.

Statement from Canadian National spokesman

"The remaining litigation in connection with the June 19, 2009 train derailment in Rockford, Illinois concluded Tuesday.

Zoila Tellez was killed in a fire that followed the derailment, which also seriously injured her husband, Jose Tellez. Adriana Tellez, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tellez, also was seriously injured in the fire. Her infant daughter was born prematurely after the incident and died shortly after being born.

The Tellez family has endured a terrible tragedy and CN wishes to express again its sincerest regrets and deepest sympathies to the entire Tellez family. No amount of money can replace the family's losses.

The June 19, 2009 derailment remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board."

Patrick Waldron
CN spokesman

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