Crews work to clear train crash in Minn.

Published 10:57 am Friday, October 1, 2010


TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) — Canadian National railroad says it’s investigating how two of its trains collided head-on on the same track in northeastern Minnesota, injuring five crew members.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. Thursday north of Two Harbors in Lake County. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron says one train pulling 118 empty cars was headed north, away from Two Harbors, while the other train with three locomotives pulling 116 cars full of iron ore pellets was headed south on the same track.

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Waldron says the collision injured three crew members in one train and two in the other. He says two of the five remain hospitalized in Duluth Friday.

Waldron says CN crews are working to clear the three locomotives and 13 cars that derailed from both trains. He says an undetermined amount of iron ore pellets spilled.