Evacuations, injuries after CN freight collides with train in Wisconsin

SLINGER, Wis. - A CN Rail freight train collided with a Wisconsin Southern train Sunday night causing a derailment that left two crew members injured and triggered the evacuation of more than 100 homes.

CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said the accident happened at a rail intersection in the town of Slinger, Wisconsin, about 56 kilometres northwest of Milwaukee.

Slinger Fire Chief Rick Hanke told a midnight news briefing three locomotives and 10 cars had derailed, and that 19,000 litres of diesel fuel was spilled.

Firefighter Scott Krueger said the spill was being contained and that a load of lumber scattered on the ground was also being picked up.

Hanke said Hazmat crews were onsite, along with about 60 firefighters and 15 police officers, however, he added there were no concerns about other dangerous chemicals on the trains.

"They have evacuated homes within [about a kilometre] radius of the crash," said CBS News photojournalist Brian Urbanek. "These families being displaced are able to stay at the middle school for tonight."

According to the TV report the two train crew members were taken to hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, but there was no word on their condition, or which train they'd been aboard.

Hanke said an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the accident.

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