Two Trains Collide in Sawyer County

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | DrydenWire |


Two Canadian National trains collided in Sawyer County with one subsequently catching fire, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On 06/16/18 at 09:19 a.m. the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting two southbound Canadian National (CN) trains had collided on a section of track located in a remote area of Wiergor Township and that there were injuries and derailment.

Sawyer County Deputies responded to the scene assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Exeland Fire Department, Radisson Fire Department, Couderay Fire Department, Sawyer County Hazmat Team, Wisconsin DNR and Sawyer County EMT’s.

After arrival, all four of the CN personnel who were on the trains at the time of collision were located and given medical attention.

One of the CN personnel was later transported to Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, WI with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial information indicates that a southbound CN train collided with the rear car of another southbound CN train, at which time the first locomotive derailed and caught fire. The fire involving the first locomotive was subsequently contained. No train cars containing hazardous materials on either train were involved in the collision, fire or were at risk after the collision.

Canadian National Police Service personnel and other Canadian National personnel have arrived and will conduct follow-up investigation and scene clean up.   

The cause of the collision has not yet been determined, this incident remains under investigation. 

There is no further information available at this time.

Per Sheriff Douglas Mrotek, Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

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