A Minor Train Derailment Caused Major Traffic Headaches for Plainfield Friday

Plainfield Road Closures Friday, December 4, 2020 (Map data ©2020 Google)
Plainfield Road Closures Friday, December 4, 2020 (Map data ©2020 Google).

A minor train derailment in Plainfield, Illinois just before 4:08 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020 caused several roadblocks, but no injuries were reported, according to the Plainfield Police Department.

About 4:08 p.m. Friday, the Plainfield Police Department was notified by Canadian National Railway that a locomotive had partially derailed in the area of Naperville-Plainfield Road and Michigan Street, according to a Plainfield police news release.

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The following roadways have been impacted by the train blocking railroad grade crossings:

• Naperville-Plainfield Road near Michigan Street

• Route 126, or Main Street, east of Route 59

• Center Street, south of Route 126

• Eastern Avenue, south of Route 126

• Lockport Street, near Miles Street, east of Route 59

The Interstate 55 exit at Route 126 was also closed because of the partial train derailment.

The railroad tracks run southeast to northwest in the area. Closures persisted to midnight Friday/Saturday.




“Motorists are asked to avoid those areas as traffic congestion is expected to last for several hours while the train is removed,” police said.

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Plainfield Road Closures Friday, December 4, 2020 (Map data ©2020 Google)
Plainfield Road Closures Friday, December 4, 2020 (Map data ©2020 Google).