NEW INFORMATION: Injured train crew members released from hospital

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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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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.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A spokesman for Canadian National Railway Co. says three locomotives and several railcars on a southbound train have derailed in Wisconsin.

Patrick Waldron says the derailment happened Sunday night near Highway 144 in the town of Slinger.

He says two crew members were on board. The extent of any injuries is unclear.

Local emergency officials and company officials are on scene. Waldron says it's unclear whether any materials were spilled from the railcars.

Slinger is about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Waldron says preliminary reports indicate that the southbound struck another set of cars on another train. The circumstances are under investigation.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department would only say that a "train incident" had occurred. The Springer Fire Department said it could not immediately provide any details.


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