Two Trains Collide North of Two Harbors

By KBJR News 1

September 30, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM CDT

TWO HARBORS, MINN. --- A head on collision between two Canadian National railway trains, about 14 miles North of Two Harbors, has left five people injured.

Two will be released and three continue to be hospitalized in Duluth. Their condition is unknown.

Both trains had three locomotives and 115 cars apiece.

One of the train's cars were empty, the other train was pulling fully loaded taconite cars.

All six engines appeared to be on the track and standing upright, however they were leaking anti-freeze and oil.

At least two empty cars derailed and were pushed up in the air over an engine and at least six loaded cars derailed spilling taconite across the area.

There was also damage to the track.

Train operators on the scene who were not involved in the accident said the empty train was likely going about 35 to 40 miles per hour around the curve and the full train about 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Lake County emergency crews responded to the crash.

St. Louis County first responders also assisted in the response.

All five crewmembers were injured and taken originally to Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors.

Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Harbors has been put on standby alert and told to prepare for casualties.

As for clean up, the train operators said it would take at least two days to clean up the overturned cars, taconite and oil.

CN investigators are on the scene, but it may take awhile to determine why both these trains were on the same track.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate .

That section of track is controlled from Homewood, IL, just outside of Chicago.

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