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End in sight for derailment cleanup, track to reopen Monday

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -

Burlington Northern Santa Fe announced Saturday they plan to reopen the track where a train derailed on Monday, Mar. 9.  While the cleanup efforts are far from over, the end is in sight.

Three small fires continue to burn, but crews said they'll put them out as soon as construction of a temporary road to access the site of the derailment is finished.

That construction, though, is definitely noticeable in the small town of Galena, Ill.

Wendy Heiken lives right across the street from the site of the mobile command center. 

"This morning has been bumper to bumper, one semi after another going by," Heiken said.  "So my sleepy little quiet little Park Avenue has definitely changed."

The train derailed at such a remote location, this construction is necessary to get the trucks and other equipment in to not only fight the fire, but to also take away the cars that can't be re-railed.

The increased amount of traffic has taken its toll on Heiken, and many other residents.

"Yesterday was stressful.  Thursday was stressful.  I didn't even sleep Thursday night with all the commotion and the worry of what's going on," she said.

She also worries about what could be.  Train tracks run just a few hundred feet from her front door. 

"Had it happened downtown Galena, downtown Dubuque, downtown just about any community in the United States, it would have really been a disaster of a horrible scale, and people are going to start getting killed."

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