The threat of train derailments
In Janesville, our biggest complaints about trains are long delays at the Five Points intersection just west of downtown. Of course, late-night whistles annoy some residents, as well.
Trains have caused bigger problems in parts of the Midwest last week and again today.
On July Fourth, a Glenview, Ill., couple were killed when a Union Pacific train derailed in the Chicago suburb, and 28 cars loaded with coal piled up on a bridge. The couple were unlucky enough to be driving under the bridge when it collapsed.
Today brings news that a freight train derailment and explosion caused evacuation of a mile-wide area of Columbus, Ohio. The wreckage is burning, and the train apparently was carrying ethanol. About 11 cars derailed around 2 a.m. near Interstate 71, southeast of Ohio State University.
Plenty of train tracks slice and dice the city of Janesville. Who knows what hazards some of these rail cars might contain? Do the prospects of a derailment cause you concerns?