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5,000 gallons of diesel spill after 2 trains collide in Wisconsin

By Dave Alsup and Holly Yan, CNN
updated 8:17 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authorities are evacuating 100 homes due to diesel concerns
  • Two people are injured

(CNN) -- Two trains collided in southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday night, causing 5,000 gallons of diesel to spill, a fire official said.

Three engines and 10 rail cars derailed at a point where the tracks crossed, Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said.

Residents within a half-mile radius were evacuated due to concerns over the flammability of the diesel and contamination from the spill, Hanke said. More than 100 homes are in the evacuation zone.

A conductor and an engineer suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, the fire chief said.

The crash involved cars carrying sand and lumber. They came from CN and Wisconsin & Southern railroads.

Slinger is about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

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