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TISKILWA, IL – Scorched earth and frayed nerves followed a fiery train derailment on Friday, October 7, 2011 where several tanker cars tipped over, exploded and burst into flames in Tiskilwa, IL.

Huge pileup of burning tanker cars in the aftermath of Iowa Interstate Railroad train derailment on October 7, 2011 in which the townspeople of Tiskilwa, IL were evacuated.

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IOWA CITY, IA – A railroad worker was injured following a report of a possible chemical chemical leak from a rail car in Iowa City, IA on September 22, 2011.

A Johnson County Hazardous Materials Response Team vehicle outside the Iowa Interstate rail yard in Iowa City, IA after one railroad worker was injured following a strong odor that was detected near two rail cars. Photo credit: Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa in the eastern part of the state about 28 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, and about 90 miles southeast of Cedar Falls. ... Read More

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – An Iowa Interstate Railroad employee from Omaha was injured early Thursday morning, January 6, after becoming stuck between a guardrail and a train car at the MidAmerican power plant south of Council Bluffs.

The railroad worker who was injured was identified as 28-year old Michael McGillen, Junior.  McGillen was taken by medical helicopter to the Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition after rescue officials arrived at about 3 a.m., according to Dwayne Riche of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. ... Read More

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, IL – Andrew Schulte, a former Iowa Interstate Railroad train employee, was awarded $33 million in damages by a Rock Island County jury last Thursday for a tragic accident that occurred in a Rock Island rail yard in April 2007.

According to the lawsuit, Schulte was trying to pull a pin on a rail car while walking alongside a train on a switching lead. The lawsuit states that the pin lifter stuck, causing Schulte to trip and fall, at which point he was struck and run over by a rail car.

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