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Two injured in Two Harbors train derailment

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- A Canadian National Railway train filled with iron ore pellets from the Iron Range derailed in Two Harbors early Thursday afternoon and two injuries were reported, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson said.

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The two CN employees were transported from the scene via ambulance. Patrick Waldron, a spokesman for CN, said the injuries appear to be minor. The two other employees on the train were uninjured.

The accident occurred at 1:14 p.m. on a bend in the tracks between Northshore Manufacturing and Two Harbors Lumber, the Two Harbors Police Department said. Waldron said the area is considered the CN train yard.

Uwe Kausch, a sales manager at Northshore Manufacturing, said the rail cars were everywhere, “stacked up like cord wood,” with some pointing up vertically.

A typical ore train has just over 100 cars, and Kausch said it looked like most of them were affected by the derailment. Waldron said there were 107 cars but said it hadn’t been determined how many were damaged or upended.

Waldron said a CN crew was on the scene investigating the derailment.

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