Funeral service held for derailment victims

A Glenview couple killed in a July 4 freight train derailment was remembered Sunday as frequent travelers who liked to volunteer.

Nearly 700 people filled a Deerfield synagogue Sunday to attend the funeral services of Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife Zorine, 70, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times. The two had been married for nearly 47 years and were on their way for a night out last week when they drove under a railroad bridge that collapsed.

More than two dozen railcars piled up on the bridge, causing it to collapse over a road between t Glenview and Northbrook. The debris crushed the Lindners’ car. Officials initially said no one was injured in Wednesday’s derailment, but workers the next day discovered the black Lexus with the Glenview couple inside. Burton Lindner was a lawyer with a practice in downtown Chicago, where he worked with his oldest son. Zorine Lindner was a retired high school guidance counselor.

It was standing-room-only at B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Synagogue during the nearly two-hour service, the newspaper reported.

The couple’s son has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad, accusing the company of negligence. The 138-car Union Pacific train hauling coal from an eastern Wyoming mine to a utility in Wisconsin was one of the 500 freight trains that go through the Chicago area each day.

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