TWO HARBORS, Minn. - A Canadian National train filled with iron ore pellets has derailed in northeastern Minnesota, injuring two people.
Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson says the derailment happened just after 1 p.m. Thursday on a bend in the tracks in Two Harbors.
CN spokesman Patrick Waldron says 76 of 107 train cars piled up in a rail yard. In addition, Waldon says another 17 cars loaded with pellets parked on an adjacent track were hit and derailed.
The Duluth News Tribune reports two CN employees were taken from the scene by ambulance. A spokesman for the railroad says the injuries appear to be minor. The two other employees on the train were not hurt.
Uwe Kausch, a sales manager at Northshore Manufacturing, says the rail cars were everywhere, "stacked up like cord wood," with some pointing up vertically.
The train had 107 cars but it hasn't been determined how many were damaged or upended. A CN crew is on the scene investigating.