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BNSF railroad officials investigating cause of Westmont crane collapse

Westmont, IL

A crane fell across the tracks just west of the Westmont Metra Station near Cass Aveneu on Wednesdayl The blockage on the tracks cause hours of delays delays on Metra trains.

Officials from the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad said they are investigating what caused a crane being used to work on signal lights over the railroad track in Westmont to fall over, leading to the closure of a portion of the rail line and delays of Metra trains yesterday.

Amy McBeth, public affairs spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, said the company is looking into the cause of the accident, and could not immediately say if it was an equipment issue, or if it was an error made by someone on the BNSF crane crew.

“To this point, we do not know what caused it,” McBeth said. “There were several people working as part of the initial crew and then additional folks from BNSF responded to the incident as well.”

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred just before noon on Wednesday on the BNSF tracks just west of the Westmont Metra Station.

The incident stalled train traffic in the araa for hours while crews worked to remove the crane, which fell across all three tracks. Access to the area was blocked until about 5 p.m., when trains finally started moving through the area again.

Meg Reile, a spokeswoman for Metra, said things were back to normal on the line for this morning’s commute. 


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