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Fatal train derailment anniversary: Family speaks for first time

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While many Chicagoans are getting ready for fireworks and barbecues this Fourth of July, one family is coping with the sad anniversary of a train derailment and bridge collapse, which killed two beloved parents.

Two brothers, Matt and Rob Lindner, stood in a chilly rain Tuesday, next to the overpass where their parents were killed a year ago this week. The setting was very different from a year ago, when sizzling heat contributed to a derailment, and the death of their parents.

Last Fourth of July, Burt and Zorine Lindner, were beneath an overpass in Glenview when a coal train derailed, causing the viaduct to collapse and kill them. Their sons have never discussed the accident or their love for their parents publicly, until now.

"It's been a year," Rob Lindner says. "We still don't know what happened."

"We just use them as an example, and say how they would respond to whatever," Matt Lindner says of coping. "If it's as simple as eating dinner, if it is bubby's noodle dish for dinner, which is as simple as it can be, but one that my mom made for the kids all the time."

Railroad executives say hot temperatures caused a kink in the rails and that an inspector was on his way when the train derailed. The Lindners say railroad workers knew of the problem beforehand.

"What happened to us was a completely preventable thing," Rob says. "The problem was known and yet they did nothing about it. They did nothing to stop the trains from running."

"The early investigation revealed that the railroad knew on July 4th that their were kinks in that line before the train hit the bridge," Lindner's attorney Bob Clifford explains.

The Federal Railroad Administration is still investigating. After a year, the Lindners expected more.

"When you hear them say, oh well, it was a hot day, well listen to the news now! Everywhere in America we're talking about how we're having record hot days," Rob says.

The two brothers thank everyone who have offered condolences and remind everyone that the Fourth of July should be a time for celebration, regardless of the pain which sometimes comes with it.

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