A major fish kill struck the Kishwaukee and Rock rivers soon after the accident. More than 72,000 fish turned up dead in the days and weeks after the train crash.
Thirteen train cars
exploded into flames at the railroad crossing of
According to a
lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and
Now the state wants
reparations, which at least one fisherman says is needed. "This is about
reparations. About restoring the wildlife to what it was before the accident,"
"There's still some good fishing here, but it's definitely slowed down," said fisherman Al Tighe.
A spokesman for the railroad WTVO spoke with won't go into specifics of the lawsuit, but he did say that Chicago National disagrees that the ethanol spill killed the fish.