CN to pay Illinois family US$36M to settle lawsuits
The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) has agreed to pay an Illinois family more than US$36 million to settle two negligence lawsuits filed after a fiery 2009 derailment led to a woman’s death.
Zoila Tellez, 44, died after a train containing 7.6 million litres of ethanol derailed at a washout and caused a massive explosion in which flames engulfed their vehicle at a crossing.
Her husband, Jose, and the couple’s 19-year-old pregnant daughter, Adriana, escaped, but both were injured in the June 2009 incident. Adriana’s daughter was born prematurely after the incident and died.