Trains collide, derail in Washington County

CREATED Jul 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 21, 2014

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SLINGER -- Two trains collided and derailed in Slinger Sunday night, causing at least 60 homes in the area to be evacuated. Two crew members on a Canadian National train were injured with non-life threatening injures.

It happened at the Highway 144 crossing in Slinger around 8:30 p.m.

According to our reporter on the scene, there were about 30 technicians cleaning the area from Canadian National and Wisconsin & Southern railroads Monday morning.

The tracks were not parallel with one another, and the trains did not collide head on. Rather, the tracks intersect each other, going in different directions, and the trains collided in the middle.

"There was lumber on the ground from a couple lumber cars," said Slinger Fire Chief Rick Hanke. "The engines, two of them are in line with the track, one is perpendicular to the track, so there is twisted metal and so forth."

A total of 13 cars derailed, including three locomotives carrying diesel fuel and 10 cars carrying sand, plastic pellets and lumber.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.