Minor injuries after Alaska tourist train derails

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 8:30 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, injuring up to a dozen passengers.

White Pass and Yukon Railroad President John Finlayson tells The Associated Press that the injured are being treated at a clinic in the tourist town of Skagway, about 100 miles northwest of Juneau.

A state Homeland Security official, David Lee, tells KTUU-TV that the injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

Finlayson says railroad crews got power to the train, and it was able to return to Skagway with all the passengers. It wasn't immediately clear how many cars derailed.

He says the train is a popular tourist attraction, taking passengers on a three-hour, 40-mile roundtrip tour out of Skagway. It climbs to 2,865 feet at White Pass Summit, where the derailment occurred.

The cause remains under investigation.

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