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On Saturday 02/23/19 at approximately 9:50pm the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a train derailment at the Pines Rd crossing just west of Devils Backbone.
This railway is owned by Illinois Railway and operated by Omni Track. 99 empty rail cars (no locomotive) were being stored on the rail between Gale Rd and Oregon Trail.
For an unknown reason the rail cars began to move southeast towards Pines Rd were the unaccompanied cars struck a derailing device causing 17 of the 99 empty rail cars to derail.
During the derailment a car caused damage to a ComEd power pole. The cars came to rest on Pines Rd and the north ditch.
Pines Rd is expected to be closed all day Sunday.
Several sources are reporting a train derailment in Ogle County.
Sources said a train had 6 cars derailed around 10 pm tonight. The cause of the derailment is not yet known and is under investigation. No injuries have been reported.
Ogle County Sheriff has confirmed a train derailment.
Pines Road at Devils backbone Is closed due to a train derailment
Please find an alternate route of travel
No other information is available right now, still developing.
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