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A Canadian Pacific cargo train derailed while traveling through Pewaukee;

A Canadian Pacific cargo train derailed Saturday morning while traveling through Pewaukee.

The derailment happened about 6:37 a.m. near Somerset Lane and Parkside Road in the city of Pewaukee, according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. No injuries, power outages, private property or environmental damage has been reported, the release said. 

As the train slowed to a stop, a boxcar derailed from the track, causing one tanker and seven additional boxcars to derail. Only one of the derailed boxcars was hauling freight; the other boxcars and the tanker were empty, the sheriff’s department said. 

April Hajdu, who lives across from a pond some of the cars spilled into, said she was awoken by the sounds of scraping, believing it at first to be a snowplow.

But the sounds of the derailment continued for a minute or longer.

“It was just so loud and it got to be more noisy,” she said. “Our bedroom window faces right toward the train tracks and as I sat up I thought I saw something fall and then you just heard the big boom and at the same time metal crushing and emergency brakes going and then as the train was trying to stop you heard all the cars banging into one another. It was quite loud.”

The derailment blocked portions of Parkside Road, restricting access to homes there, but otherwise did not affect traffic, the sheriff’s department said. The incident remains under investigation by Canadian Pacific. 

Contact Elliot Hughes at elliot.hughes@jrn.com or 414-704-8958. Follow him on Twitter @elliothughes12.

Contact Steve Martinez at steve.martinez@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stjmartinez.

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