OREGON – The derailment of empty train cars being stored near Oregon late Saturday night may have been caused by an act of vandalism.
Railroad officials told Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle that the brakes were set on the cars, and “it’s a possibility that someone may have released the brakes,” he said Sunday afternoon.
Pines Road was closed between Devils Backbone and Gale roads all day Monday while rail crews cleaned up the wreckage; the road was to reopen around 7 p.m.
Seventeen of 99 empty cars derailed just before 10 p.m. at the Pines Road rail crossing just west of Devils Backbone Road. The rail line is owned by Illinois Railway and is operated by Omni Track.
One of the cars struck and damaged a ComEd utility pole, which was replaced early Sunday morning.
The were situated on the rail line, which no longer is used, in December, VanVickle said.