October 18, 2011 | Chicago Tribune | The husband of a woman who died in a Rockford train derailment in 2009 was awarded $22.5 million to settle a lawsuit against three railroad companies, officials announced today.
Jose Tellez, 40, was with his wife Zoila and their daughter on June 19, 2009 when a Canadian National Railway Company train with 114 cars including 74 tankers filled with ethanol derailed as it travelled from Freeport to Chicago, according to a press release issued by Corboy and Demetrio, lawyers for the man. That case was settled before trial, officials said.
Zoila Tellez, 44, pf Rockford, was killed as she ran from their car while on fire from the explosions that resulted after the derailment, according to the lawyers. Jose Tellez also was badly burned as he tried to flee for safety.