A runaway freight train of nine wagons thundered through two port cities and plunged into Lake Michigan, today.
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Background: A runaway freight train of nine wagons thundered through two port cities and plunged into Lake Michigan, today. And the authorities had not learned tonight whether anyone was at the controls. The train went on its seven-mile dash while the normal crew were at lunch. One car leap-frogged over the 125 ton engine as the engine soared over a concrete embankment into Two Rivers harbour. Another fell on top of the engine as it soak in 30 feet of water. A diver who later went down to assess the wreckage for salvage crews said he could not see into the cabin because the engine lay in thick mud. Until salvage operations are carried out, therefore, it will not be possible to say whether or not some unauthorised person started the train on its wild journey. Estimates of the trains speed indicate that it was travelling at about 50 miles per hour when it jumped into the lake. The freight cars were loaded with aluminium containers.