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TWO HARBORS - People in Two Harbors couldn't believe what they witnessed Thursday after a massive train filled with tons of iron ore pellets derailed, causing dozens of cars to leave the track.
Four Canadian National Railway workers were on board when the accident happened around 1 p.m. on a bend of the track in the rail yard, according to a spokesperson with CN.
The conductor and engineer were injured and sent to a hospital, with non-life threatening injuries, and the other two staff on board were not injured.
"Just shook for about four or five minutes, and then came outside and seen the aftermath," said LeRoy Veness, a witness and business owner about 100 yards away from the scene.
Train cars were tossed, piled on, or twisted into a giant mess Thursday night, as CN investigators were on scene investigating the situation.
An immediate cause was not known Thursday night.
For dramatic aerial images of the accident scene, check out Christian Dalbec Photography on Facebook.