Trouble at Tonti Station

June 10, 1971: Illinois Central No. 1 at the Chicago station is headed for trouble down the line. The train derails, but disaster preparations and simulation exercises down the line at Salem, Illinois (near Tonti, the location of the derailment) had prepared local services for the disaster.

On-camera narration by and interviews with Chicago Civil Defense officials Val Oshel, Robert Ross, Dr. Ed Perry, Marion County coroner, Mayor Charles McMakin of Salem, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie, eyewitness Dick Garden, passenger Donna Burge, unidentified porter, police, firemen, relatives

Footage of Oak Lawn and Belvidere tornado aftermath; Crescent City tank car fire, automobile accidents, Big John Chicago water cannon, Salem Fire Department, Salem downtown, Salem Hospital, profiles of Urbana first responders

Aerial footage of derailed train, many shots of disaster scene, rescue teams. Some recreations and disaster drill scenes intercut with actual footage.

According to Wikipedia, the crash killed 11 people and injured 163: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Salem,_Illinois,_derailment

Color faded completely to red, wandering scratch all the way through the emulsion on left-hand side of film:

Box or location: 

M9D

Description on can: 

Office of Civil Defense Number CD 55-276 Trouble at Tonti Station

Date of film creation or publication: 

1972

Producer: 

Defense Civil Preparedness Agency

Length of film: 

00:25:46

Sound: 

Optical sound

Color: 

Color