Iron Range Derailment

kdbuell's picture

Sometime early this morning the last four cars of a southbound pellet train decided to go their own way at the new switch at Nugget. This is on the CN's Iron Range subdivision. The IC 6253 was taking a 136 car loaded train to Two Harbors when the derailment happened.

It appears to me that just before the train was complete over the Nugget switch the last four cars split the switch or somehow took off towards the Hinsdale spur. They remain upright but there is some track damage.

Hulcher has arrived and their tractors are heading to the site.

At this time (0905) the 2300 Two Harbors switch crew is putting the remaining 132 cars back together. The train is being recrewed at S Allen Jct for the move south. There is an empty pellet train in the siding at Allen. It will have to wait until the track is repaired before it can continue northward.

It will be quiet (except for the IC6253S) on the IR side for a few more hours.

Peace,
Doug