GARY | The clanking of workers cleaning up the scene of a two-train collision echoed Monday afternoon throughout the Duneland Village Mobile Home Park.
As railroad and city officials worked to clear the nearby CSX railroad tracks of debris, residents of the area still were buzzing about the wreck that shook their mobile homes.
Two railroad employees who were injured in the crash were treated and released from the hospital, Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett said.
CSX and South Shore Freight trains crashed into each other early Sunday morning on tracks near the U.S. 12 overpass, forcing several freight cars to derail. The cargo the trains were hauling was not hazardous, authorities said Sunday.
Kelly Wilson, a resident of the community, could see the wreckage from the front of her home as crews continued to work Monday.
"It was amazing," she said. "The trains were on top of each other."
Wilson, 42, said she has lived near the tracks for about 25 years and never before has seen anything like the crash site.
"I'm always afraid of it rolling down the hill (and into the park)," she said. "But I never thought they would pile up like that."
Officials with CSX, the Gary Fire Department and other companies worked around the clock to make sure the tracks were up and running as soon as possible, Everett said.
"We were glad to be able to get it done," she said.
By 8:30 p.m., Everett said, the tracks were passable for traveling trains. However, getting the site cleared so quickly couldn't have been done without the help of several local agencies, she said.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department provided a helicopter to help crews plan where to place resources, the Red Cross provided food for emergency responders, and the American Legion opened its doors to workers, Everett said.
Although the tracks are passable, debris from the crash still was being cleaned up late Monday.
"The actual incident has pretty much wound down to a conclusion, but there will be additional cleanup still," Everett said.
The investigation of the crash continues and may take a few days, she said.