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Cherry Valley train derailment

The washout of a track structure and the failure to notify an oncoming train of the washout in time caused the 2009 derailment of 19 cars of a Canadian National Railway freight train near Rockford, the National Transportation safety Board determined. "There were missteps and miscommunications, procedures not followed and poor decisions," NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said at the hearing in Washington, D.C.. "There were multiple points where this catastrophe could have been averted, but it was not."National Transportation Safety Board