Residual gases to be burned off after Matteson train derailment; new video released showing impact

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team and Tre Ward WLS logo
Saturday, June 29, 2024
New video shows moment of Matteson train derailment
New video shows the moment a freight train derailed in south suburban Matteson Thursday. Residual gases from the crash will be burned off, CN said.

MATTESON, Ill. (WLS) -- New video shows an SUV narrowly dodging a toppling rail car when a freight train derailed in south suburban Matteson Thursday.

Security video shows more than two dozen tankers derailing one-by-one. They've since been moved beside the tracks, but it's still unknown when they'll be moved out of the way.

Residual gases left over after the derailment will be burned off, railway officials said Friday.

A Canadian National Railway Company spokeswoman said there will be "controlled flaring of 11 cars that contain residue amount of (Liquified Petroleum Gas)".

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The CN spokeswoman said there would be no danger to public safety or the environment, but crews will be monitoring air quality.

"Flaring is the controlled burning of residue gas over a short period of time. It is required to eliminate any left-over product and allow for the safe removal of the railcar," the spokeswoman said.

CN also said trains are expected to begin moving again Friday afternoon.

Officials said about 25 cars carrying various substances derailed just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of 21740 Main St.

Over 300 residents were initially evacuated, as crews examined a leaking train car.

Several hours later, they were allowed back into their homes.

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There was no threat to public safety, CN said. The cause of the derailment is now under investigation.

For more than a decade, the ABC 7 I-Team has been investigating safety concerns surrounding hazardous railroad cargo.

The ABC7 I-Team's analysis of federal data shows 231 trains derailed, with 61 in Cook County alone, since the beginning of 2022.

Chicago and suburban leaders continue to push federal regulators to enact new rules to protect the public.

The I-Team's analysis of federal data shows 231 trains derailed, with 61 in Cook County alone, since the beginning of 2022. Seven people were injured in those derailments.

The CN spokeswoman said the railway is keeping government agencies apprised of the clean-up efforts.

Thousands are expected to gather at the Matteson Music Fest Friday to honor those involved in the massive response after the derailment Thursday.