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UPDATE: Broken wheel caused Galena train derailment

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UPDATE -- A broken wheel was the cause of a train derailment and fire earlier this month in Galena, according to our affiliate KWWL.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) said in an interview with KWQC that "BNSF, on its own, voluntarily, in a 1-year period of time, are going to get rid of the oldest tank cars, the ones that are most dangerous, the flimsiest."

He said over a 3-year period, BNSF will transition all of their tank cars into sturdier, safer cars that can be used with less concern about safety.

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GALENA, IL (WKOW) -- Trains, presumably carrying crude oil, are running again past the site where a train derailed and caught fire last week.

A spokesman for the company, BNSF, said Monday they've cleared all but six of the 21 cars that derailed from the area near Galena, IL.

The EPA says oil spilled from the tanks has been removed, and, so far, no oil has been found in the nearby rivers.  

No word yet on the cause of the derailment.


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