Updated: 12/06/2013 4:38 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 1:50 PM WDIO.com
Two crew members remain hospitalized after a Canadian National train loaded with iron ore pellets derailed in Two Harbors Thursday afternoon.
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.
Waldron told Eyewitness News the cars were headed to the Two Harbors ore docks when the derailment occurred. He said Friday the cause was not yet known.
Two of four workers on the train were injured and taken from the scene by ambulance. Waldron says they remain hospitalized Friday, but could not provide their conditions.
He says heavy equipment has been brought in to clear the tracks in the CN rail yard.
Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson says the derailment happened just after 1 p.m. on a bend in the tracks in Two Harbors.
LeRoy Veness' auto repair and bait shop it just a couple hundred yards away from the train yard. He didn't see the wreck, but he heard it.
"I was inside and all of a sudden I heard the building shaking and a lot of loud booming and banging going on," said Veness. "I figured it was a train but I took a quick peek out the window and at the time the train was still moving."
Veness said he is used to hearing and seeing trains come through the train yard all the time, but he's never seen such a pile up.
Waldron said the cause of the derailment is still unknown. CN and the Federal Railway Administration are investigating
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