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Alaska vintage tourist train to resume Friday

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 9:15 am •  Published: July 25, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush was expected to resume operations Friday, two days after a derailment left 23 people with minor injuries, officials said.

Two vintage locomotives and four passenger rail cars were involved in the derailment Wednesday during a run of the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train from Skagway to Canada, the company said in a statement.

"We heard a bang, then another bang, then there was shaking and then it stopped," passenger Jerry Cable told The Skagway News.

He and his wife Judy were two cars behind one that left the tracks and partially went into a small lake. Two other passengers landed in the water.

The cars left the tracks in Alaska, just short of the U.S.-Canada border, as the train carrying about 360 passengers and crew reached the White Pass Summit, said railroad President John Finlayson.

Medical workers went to the scene, where they outnumbered the injured, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Officials initially reported there were nine injuries, but Shelly Moss O'Boyle, Dall Memorial Clinic executive director, said in a Thursday email to The Associated Press that 19 passengers and four railroad employees were treated and released at the Skagway facility.

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