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Forum News Service, Published December 06 2013

Crew members hurt in derailment remain hospitalized

TWO HARBORS, Minn. - The two crew members injured in Thursday’s derailment of a Canadian National Railway train in Two Harbors remain hospitalized, according to Patrick Waldron, government and public affairs manager for CN in the U.S.

The crew members’ conditions are unknown, but Waldron said neither is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries. Two other crew members were on the train, but neither was hurt.

Heavy equipment began rolling in Thursday night, and work began to clear the tangle of heavy iron cars from the tracks. The goal for now is to ensure that trains can begin moving again, Waldron said, with the longer-term goal of removing all damaged cars from the site.

The initial cleanup is expected to continue through today. Few details are known, and the derailment remains under investigation.

“A southbound train with 107 iron ore cars derailed as it was coming into the yard,” Waldron said. “Ninety-three cars were derailed - 76 on the moving train and 17 loaded iron ore cars that were parked in the yard. The 17 weren’t part of the moving train, just parked on an adjacent track.”

It’s unclear how much cleanup will cost.