Train Derailment Fire - Rockford, IL 6/19/2009 - Part 1 of 2





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Train Derailment of Canadian National freight train carrying tankers filled with thousands of gallons of ethanol - derails and explodes into a gigantic orange fireball hundreds of feet high in Rockford, IL, about 90 miles west of Chicago, in northern Illinois, Winnebago County on June 19, 2009.

Listen to eye witnesses respond and react to the rapidly dangerous disaster unfolding before them, literally a few hundred feet or yards away.

Video shot from Shelburne Drive along a northern set of tracks, about a football field distance from the accident.

The explosion occurred approximately 8:39 pm - at the train crossing, while passenger vehicles waited in line. One confirmed death by thermal injury, with others burned by the intense heat as they exited their vehicles, running to safety.

A loud rumbling, thundering, roaring sound, like that of military fighter jet engines just prior to take off or as passing overhead, occurred just before the huge fireball explosion was seen raising high in the sky, above the treetops - ending with a large vertical plume of black smoke.

Earlier, 3.25" of rain fell over one hour, approximately 6:30-7:30 pm.

Video begins at 8:49 pm about 5 minutes after the first responders of Cherry Valley fire department arrive. Video-Part One concludes at 9:00 pm with the emergency evacuation of surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Video-Part Two continues from 9:00 9:45 pm, as the fire burns on and on, as viewed from a safer distance.

Derailment location of train crossing at South Mulford Road, just north of Sandy Hollow Road in Winnebago County, at the Rockford IL and Cherry Valley, IL border line, within the Cherry Valley, IL fire protection district, closely adjacent to two residential subdivisions, about 600 homes.

Video by Rachel Rawson of Cherry Valley, IL / Rawson Photography, LLC
Contact phone: 815-332-9222


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