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Five thousand gallons of diesel spill after two trains collide in Wisconsin

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Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:35 PM - Crews are working to clear the scene of a train derailment in southeastern Washington.

Two trains collided in Slinger on Sunday night, causing five thousand gallons of diesel to spill.

Slinger is about 60 km northwest of Milwaukee.


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Authorities evacuated more than one hundred surrounding homes as a precaution, but that evacuation order was lifted at 1:30 Monday morning.

"At the time we evacuated, we weren't sure exactly what we had, so we erred on the side of caution and evacuated until we knew exactly what we had," said Fire Chief Rick Hanke with the Slinger Fire Department. "We do have a cleanup operation going on. It's moved from an emergency response operation to what we call a wrecking operation, to begin to remove the damaged cars, repair the track, and reopen the rail line."

A conductor and an engineer were injured, but are expected to be okay.

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