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UPDATE: Injured train crew members released from hospital

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SLINGER (WKOW) -- Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says the engineer and conductor injured when two trains collided in a southeastern Wisconsin village are out of the 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.


SLINGER (WKOW) -- It has been confirmed that the two people injured were the train conductor and engineer. They were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Slinger Fire Chief, Rick Hanke said multiple fire departments in area along with county HAZMAT teams have come to help with the clean up.

"There's flammability involved, there's contamination in the soil and what have you, and it gives off a pungent odor," Hanke said.

Area residents have been evacuated to Slinger Middle School where the American Red Cross has set up shelter, food and water.

“At its peak we had about 30 residents in the cafeteria. And then many of them as it got later and later decided to go to local communities and double up with family and friends," said Daren Siever, Slinger School District Superintendent.

It is still uncertain when families will be able to return to their homes.


SLINGER (WKOW) -- A train derailment in Washington County has prompted evacuations in the town of Slinger.

A spokesperson for Canadian National Railway Co. says three locomotives and several railcars derailed Sunday night near highway 144.

According to our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN, dozens of residents have been evacuated due to a fuel spill. They say two people were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Two crew members were on board at the time of the accident.
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