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UPDATE, 11:00 a.m. 7/1/17: Most roads have reopened in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

Plainfield police say it will take several days to clean up an estimated 45,000 gallons of oil near Route 59 and Riverwalk Court, near the village's downtown business district.

Twenty train cars belonging to Canadian National Railway derailed around 7 p.m. Friday. Oil leaked from at least two cars and possibly a third.

There were no injuries. Police say Plainfield residents are not in any immediate danger.

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Metra’s suicide prevention staff training initiative already has been proven successful, according to its chief safety and information officer.

More than one-thousand Metra employees within the last year have taken a four-hour training course to help identify emotional distress and suicidal tendencies in passengers and co-workers.

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Last year, 269 people were killed in the US at rail crossings. 40% of those happened in just five states…and Illinois is one of them.

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Twenty-one people died from train-related incidents in Illinois last year. That's the second most train-related deaths of any state. 

The effect on victims and their families is fairly obvious. But what happens to the railroad employees when that kind of trauma occurs, and how do they cope?

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Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service. 

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