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Canadian National Pays $36 Million to Family In Crossing Derailment

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

(Chicago, Illinois – October 19, 2011)

A Rockford, IL family received a total settlement of $36.2 million after they suffered through a derailment, explosion and fire as they waited for a Canadian National freight train to pass a crossing on June 19, 2009.

Zoila Tellex, 41, was killed as she ran from the derailing, exploding cars of ethanol when the train left the tracks. Her husband, Jose Tellez, received $22.5 million for loss of his wife as well as for his injuries, which included second and third-degree burns over 25% of his body.

The couple’s pregnant daughter, Adriana, will receive $13.7 million for the loss of her unborn child as well as her injuries consisting of burns to her face, chest, shoulder, arms and hands. According to the family’s attorneys, Jose’s settlement was reached before trial, while Adriana’s case was settled during jury deliberations.

“The Tellez family has endured a terrible tragedy, and CN wishes to express again its sincerest regrets and deepest sympathies to the entire Tellez family,” said CN spokesman Patrick Waldron. “No amount of money can replace the family’s losses.”


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