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UPDATE: Conditions of two injured train crew members improving; derailment clean-up begins

Updated Monday, July 21, 2014 --- 12:16 p.m.

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) -- Two crew members injured when two trains collided in a southeastern Wisconsin village are doing better.

Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says the engineer and conductor have been released from a local hospital after they were treated for injuries.

A total of three engines and ten railcars derailed when the Canadian National and Southern & Wisconsin trains hit in the Washington County community of Slinger Sunday night.

The derailment caused a locomotive to spill some 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel, which prompted authorities to order a temporary evacuation of the neighborhood.

Crews are working to clear the derailed train.

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UPDATED Monday, July 21, 2014 --- 7:00 a.m.

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of residents have returned to their homes following a train derailment in a small southeastern Wisconsin community where crews are working to clear the tracks.

Fire officials in the Washington County village of Slinger evacuated the residents Sunday night due to concerns that about 5,000 gallons of diesel spilled from a locomotive's fuel tank would catch fire.

Fire Chief Rick Hanke says three engines and 10 railcars from two trains derailed, causing non-life-threatening injuries to two people on the trains.

Canadian National Railway Co. spokesman Patrick Waldron said Monday three southbound Canadian National locomotives and three cars carrying frack sand derailed and struck cars from Wisconsin & Southern that were carrying steel, lumber and plastic pellets. Hanke says some of the lumber spilled.

Slinger is about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 --- 2:24 a.m.

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) -- A fire official says two people are injured and several thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled after a train derailment in a small Wisconsin village.

Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke says three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 nearby homes.

He says two people are being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Hanke says about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from an engine. He says hazmat crews have dikes and booms in place.

A spokesman for Canadian National Railway Co. says preliminary reports indicate one of the company's trains was headed south and struck cars on another train.

The Red Cross was assisting evacuees at a middle school.

Slinger is about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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