Pipe bomb explodes near SG railroad

By on May 14, 2009

FBI takes lead on investigation; $5K reward offered
by Susan O’Neill
A pipe bomb dropped into the signal house near the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad tracks in Sugar Grove exploded Tuesday morning, causing $20,000 worth of damage to the equipment and disrupting service for about five hours.

Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead on the investigation and the Bureau will work with Burlington Northern police and local law enforcement to try and determine who was responsible. There were no leads as of Wednesday morning.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding the incident. Anyone with information should call 1-800-832-5452.

According to a spokesperson for the Burlington Northern Police Department, a dispatcher noticed a problem with the signal system and sent an employee there to check it out. Kane County Lt. Pat Gengler said the Kane County bomb squad received the call at 2:45 a.m., and technicians were sent to the scene to gather evidence until well into the morning.

The signal house is located in unincorporated Sugar Grove in the area of 41W950 Prairie Street, Gengler said. The route is strictly used by freight trains.

BNSF freight train service disrupted for five hours

$20K worth of damage done
FBI offers $5K reward
for information

Call 1-800-832-5452