Train Derailment Prompts Evacuation in Washington County

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Three locomotives and several railcars on a southbound train derailed after a collision in the town of Slinger.

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UPDATE: Mon 1:06 AM, Jul 21, 2014

A fire official says two people are injured and several thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled after a train derailment in the town of Slinger.

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.

POSTED: Mon 12:26 AM, Jul 21, 2014
A train derailment northwest of Milwaukee prompted an evacuation Sunday night.

Three locomotives and several railcars on a southbound train derailed in the town of Slinger near Highway 144, according to a spokesman for Canadian National Railway Company. Preliminary reports indicate the southbound train struck cars on another train.

Two crew members were on board, though it's unclear whether there were any injuries on board or any materials spilled.

Local emergency officials and company officials are on scene. An evacuation is in progress of homes within a half-mile radius of the site, according to firefighter Scott Krueger with the Slinger Fire Department.

At least one person with unknown injuries was reported, said Krueger.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 and for more details as they become available.

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