Trains collide in WI, spill 4,000 gallons of diesel

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Slinger, WI, United States (4E) – Two trains collided Sunday in the southeastern Wisconsin village of Slinger injuring two people and causing 4,000 gallons of diesel from one locomotive to spill.

A 98-car Canadian National Railway Co. (CNRC) train was moving southbound when it hit the rear end of a 66-car Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. (WSRC) train heading north around 8:34 p.m. The impact derailed seven cars of the WSRC train and three locomotives and three cars of the CNRC train, according to WSRC spokesman Ken Lucht.

The first locomotive of the CNRC train spilled 4,000 gallons of diesel prompting the evacuation of several homes along Kettle Moraine Drive and Parkway Drive as a precaution, said CNRC spokesman Patrick Waldron and Slinger Police Chief Dean Schmidt.

Some of the spilled diesel fuel flowed into a drainage ditch but was contained before it flowed downstream into Rubicon Creek, according to Slinger Fire Chief Richard Hanke.

The derailed CNRC freight cars were loaded with frac sand. The derailed cars of the WSRC train were loaded with various cargoes, including lumber, steel and plastic pellets.

The CNRC train was en route from Fond du Lac to Champaign, Illinois.

The WSRC is investigating why its train failed to complete crossing the CNRC track on time as the other train was crossing the WSRC track.

CNRC crews lifted the derailed locomotives and cars to the side of the tracks and were repairing the rails and cleaning up the spill on Monday morning.

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