PEWAUKEE, WIS (CBS 58) – Residents of Pewaukee were stirred up by a train derailment early Saturday morning, March 19.
Neighbor April Hadju said: ‘As the light started to get brighter here, we were able to see exactly what happened.
At 6:37 a.m., the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office and the Pewaukee City Fire Department responded to a report in the Somerset Ln area. and Parkside Rd. in Pewaukee City.
Hadju said: “I woke up early in the morning and heard the sound of metal screeching, so I thought it was a snow plow.
A Canadian Pacific freight train is heading east through Pewaukee City. The train was slowing to a stop when a boxcar derailed, causing an oil tanker and seven other boxcars to derail.
That’s when people like Haju hear it all happening in their backyard.
“We didn’t realize it was true, because we just heard the emergency brakes, and we thought oh maybe it’s a deer in the tracks, but it could actually be huge,” Hadju said. said, “I sat up in bed, looked out the window and saw some cars going down and then just a loud crash of metal. “
The oil tanker and six boxcars were empty except for a log truck carrying logs.
No injuries were reported, no private property was found damaged, and no hazardous or environmental materials were reported.
Hadju said she and those living nearby will have to wait and see how long the cleanup process will take.
“I’m sure they’re investigating right now so it will be interesting to see how they clean it up,” Hadju said.
As we write this story, oil tankers are blocking the way to homes south on Parkside Road.
The derailment is still being investigated by Canada’s Pacific Railroad Authority.
Stay tuned to CBS 58 for more details.