Archive for November 3rd, 2011

Train Derailment near Elgin

Scene photo from Tim Olk at 2PM

Canadian National train derailment

The Class 3 ARFF from the West Chicago at the DuPage County Airport is working at the scene. Tim Olk photo


Scene photo from Tim Olk at 1PM

Canadian national train derailment

Firefighters advance a hand line towards the still burning tank cars. Tim Olk photo

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Metra says service on its Milwaukee West Line may not be back to normal until Friday, at the earliest, because of a fiery freight train derailment near Elgin.

All trains have been blocked on the line since at least 12 cars of a Canadian National train derailed at about 5:30 a.m. today in an industrial area at 31 West 504 Spaulding near Elgin and Bartlett. Three of the cars caught fire, but there were no injuries and no evacuations.

Officials said the train was carrying three chemicals — sodium hydroxide, ferrous sulfate and organic acid — but they were not on the cars that caught fire. Bartlett police said two of the burning cars carried fiberboard and scrap metal and the third was empty.

Canadian National Train Derailment

A camera phone photo from Tim Olk shows fire continuing to burn in at least one car.

Canadian National Train Derailment

Two tower ladders are working at the train derailment. Tim Olk photo

The Chicago Sun-Times has a report with video HERE

Radioman911 submitted this summary

2011/11/03 Bartlett (Elgin FD) Freight Train Derailment w/ Fire and HazMat. 3 non-hazmat cars involved in fire. Chemicals involved in the derailment included ferrous sulfate, organic acid, and sodium hydroxide solution. Derailment site was in an industrial area near W. Bartlett Rd. w/ of Rt. 59.

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Spartan Motors recall

Spartan Chassis Recalls 799 Fire Rescue Vehicles

November 02, 2011

 WASHINGTON – Spartan Chassis is recalling a number of 2007 to 2012 model-year fire rescue vehicles, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA). The recall is for models equipped with an electronic stability control (ESC) package manufactured between April 12, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2011. NHTSA said Spartan is recalling 799 vehicles.

NHTSA said the ESC module can cause the ESC system to activate unnecessarily when the vehicle is driven in a certain way or in certain road conditions. This can cause the module to miscalculate the slip angle, thereby sensing over steering and applying the front axle outer wheel service brake, increasing the risk of a crash.

The vehicles in the recall include the following:

  • Spartan Gladiator, 2007-2012
  • Spartan Metrostar, 2008-2012
  • Spartan Force, 2012
  • Spartan Diamond, 2008
  • Spartan Furion 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Spartan Furion R/T, 2010

The recall is set to begin on or around Nov. 30, 2011. NHTSA said owners can contact Spartan at 1-800-543-5008, option 5.