On January 7, 2008, a fierce tornado producing up to 160 mile-per-hour winds blew across two northern Illinois counties. The twister was unusual for two reasons: First, the temperature and weather conditions were more typical of a midwestern spring than mid-winter. And second, the storm blew 12 railroad cars off the tracks.
DERAILMENT on Jan 07 2008 Union Pacific RR Co. [UP ] RR Report 0108PR004
Involving FREIGHT TRAIN at 3 :47PM
Locos(Total/derailed) 4/1 in Illinois Union Pacific RR Co. [UP ] Track Maintenance RR
Cars(Total/derailed) 22/12 County of MCHENRY
Speed 032 Eqp Dmg $338,964 Near or in LAWRENCE
1 cars carrying hazmat 1 damaged/derailed 0 cars released 196 people evacuated
Main Damage $654,786 Milepost 64.7 FRA Class 4 Total Casualties: 0 Deaths and 0 Injured
....Method(s) of operation ....Cause(s)....
Extreme environmental condition - TORNADO
Track warrant control
APRPRB-07 DERAILED UNIT UP9452 AND THE NEXT TWELVE CARS DUE TO A HIGH WIND BURST, DUE TO A POSSIBLE TORNADO.
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