Car Accident Shuts Down Major Oil Pipeline near Chicago image

A major oil pipeline will be shut down near Chicago after two vehicles crashed through a fence and struck the pipeline.

Police in New Lenox, Ill., say two men were killed and three others were injured in the Saturday crash.
It’s not immediately clear what caused the car accident, which was in an isolated area in an industrial park. Damron said the driver and passenger of the Mustang died at the scene, while the three people in the SUV survived with injuries.

The crude oil inside the pipeline caught fire after the crash and was reportedly burning until 5 a.m., according to Rich Adams, vice president of U.S. operations for Enbridge Energy Company.

The shutdown of Enbridge’s 318,000-barrel-a-day Line 14/64, which extends to Griffith, Indiana, from Superior, Wisconsin, is also expected to pressure already-weak prices for Canadian crude this week as supplies back up in Alberta, market sources and analysts said.

Officials say there should be no environmental impact and there is no danger to the public.

The line is 60 centimeters wide and carries various grades of crude from Canada, as well as oil from North Dakota. It normally transports 317,000 barrels per day.