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The Journal Gazette

Monday, July 21, 2014 12:01 am

Official: 2 injured, diesel spilled in derailment

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) Two people were injured and more than a hundred homes were evacuated due to a diesel spill from a train derailment in Wisconsin, according to fire officials.

Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday night. He said trains from Canadian National Railway Co. and Wisconsin & Southern were involved. He said officials don't yet know what caused the derailment.

About 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled from an engine, he said. Hazmat crews had dikes and booms in place to contain the spill.

Hanke said railcars hauling sand and lumber were also involved.

Patrick Waldron, a spokesman for Canadian National, said three engines and several railcars belonging to Canadian National derailed. He said he could not give a specific number of railcars.

Preliminary reports indicate a Canadian National train struck cars on another train, Waldron said, adding that the circumstances were under investigation.

A representative for Wisconsin & Southern could not immediately be reached.

Waldron said the Canadian National train was headed from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Champaign, Illinois.

Hanke said two people were being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Slinger is about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee

The Red Cross was assisting evacuees at a local middle school.