Railroad settles lawsuit with Tamaroa residents six years after derailment

By Arnold Wyrick
TAMAROA, IL (KFVS) - It's been six years since that cold February morning when a southbound Canadian National train jumped the tracks in Tamaroa.  Now after years of their case going through the courts the 475 residents finally have a settlement with the train company.
"Hopefully it will be what we deserve," said Andrea Furlow of Tamaroa.
"I'm just glad it's over with.  And I hope there's nothing to fear with the stuff we were exposed to because I was seven months pregnant at the time it happened."
Everyone in the Perry County town had to be evacuated as crews began to right the 21-derailed cars that ruptured sending toxic chemicals into the air and ground.
"I'm just glad it's over.  We wouldn't hear anything forever and then we'd get our hopes up that it was going to be settled.  Then they'd just shoot us right back down again," said Kevin Merkel of Tamaroa.
The group still has no idea what amount and terms Canadian National agreed to settle with the lawyers representing them from the Mark Bryant Law Firm out of Paducah, Kentucky.  But, they do have a meeting scheduled with the lawyers later this month in Tamaroa to find out what they will each receive in the settlement.