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Canadian National: Weather a Major Factor in 2 Winter Derailments

Updated: 06/17/2014 11:03 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 11:01 PM WDIO.com

Train company Canadian National has determined that weather was a major factor in two train derailments in the Northland this winter.

CN says on December 5, the derailment in Two Harbor was a result of heavy snow and frigid temperatures. Nearly 100 ore cars loaded with pellets derailed in the train yard, and two people on board were hurt.

CN also told Eyewitness News that on February 25, the derailment near Fairbanks occurred when an ice-filled track switch did not close completely, triggering a stop signal. The company says the train passed the stop signal and 50 ore cars and two locomotives went off the tracks when it over the switch.

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