NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB SENDING TEAM TO INVESTIGATE FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILMENT IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

June 20, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a go-team to investigate the freight train derailment in Rockford, Illinois, on Friday, June 19th.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, a CN freight train derailed several tank cars carrying ethanol at a grade crossing resulting in an explosion and fire. One fatality and multiple injuries have been reported.

Railroad Investigator Stephen Klejst is Investigator-in-Charge and will lead a team of 14. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the on-scene spokesman. Keith Holloway is the press officer accompanying the team.

NTSB Media Contacts:
Keith Holloway (on-scene): 202-557-1350
Keith.holloway@ntsb.gov
NTSB Press Office (Washington, D.C.): (202) 314-6100

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.