Illinois' Governor Checks on Tamaroa

Illinois' Governor Checks on Tamaroa
By: Arnold Wyrick

Illinois' Governor Rod Blagojevich stopped off in Tamaroa to get a first hand look at the clean up process. Blagojevich had hoped to make the visit earlier, but was kept away by inclement weather.  His visit comes nearly two weeks after the dangerous derailment that prompted massive evacuations in the town.

What the Governor saw was crews cutting emptied tankers cars in half, and them being hauled away. "A terrible accident occurred, but the good news is that people banded together and prevented a crisis that could've cost human lives," says Governor Blagojevich.

Then it was time for the Governor to assure folks that the state and he would also be keeping an eye on the clean up process. "The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will be active here for a couple of months directly involved in the clean up. And they'll be making sure that the soil isn't contaminated and that the water isn't contaminated," said Governor Blagojevich.

But some people still wanted to know how this could've happened in their town. "I hope that the Governor considers things so that this doesn't happen again anywhere else.  This wasn't just an accident, this should've been prevented," said Bobby Borehelt of Tamaroa.

Most were satisfied with the Governor's visit. "I was very impressed with what he had to say, and I love the way he said it.  I believe he was very sincere and he's done everything he can," said Louis Trigg of Tamaroa. " For him to come here shows that he cares about our little town," Trigg said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation into the cause of the derailment.  So far they've ruled out speed, and are now looking for pieces of the track to help determine the cause.