Explosions Follow North Dakota Train Derailment

Residents near the derailment west of Casselton have been told to leave their homes

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Darrin Radermacher

A fireball shoots up at the site of a train derailment near Casselton, N.D., on Dec. 30, 2013

Updated: 9:18 p.m. E.T.

A fiery train derailment in North Dakota on Monday afternoon has authorities warning residents nearby to evacuate the area, as several train cars carrying oil burned and produced a thick plume of black smoke.

Authorities say the freight train, which was carrying 110 cars, went off the tracks three quarters of a mile west of Casselton and was hit by a second train, according to Valley News Live of Fargo, N.D.

Late Monday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was “strongly recommending” Casselton’s 2,400 residents and anyone living within 5 miles to the south and east leave their homes. A shelter has been set up about 25 miles away in Fargo.

Alan Runck, a spokesperson for the Casselton Fire Department, confirmed no one had been injured in the crash, but said several cars filled with oil were burning. “Crude oil is draining out of the tankers. That’s just burning right now,” he said.

Runck said the wind was forecast to change and blow eastward later in the evening, leading to the possibility that oily smoke could blanket Casselton. “Our biggest concern is the wind right now,” he said.

North Dakota’s Department of Emergency Services has activated hazardous-materials personnel and coordinated with the Federal Aviation Authority to place flight restrictions on the area.

[Valley News Live]

This article has been updated from the original with the latest advice regarding evacuations.

5 comments
guardianne
guardianne

will you sign for my petition -declare war on france for be against the business of god(and the god is common man like you  mouvement in the world)on we the people of white house web?

jmcelroy888
jmcelroy888

I did not know Oil made such a nice explosion.  I wonder if a quart of motor oil will do that. LOL  I like what the Beverly Hillbillies call it, "Black and very Crude". 

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

Copied from another website....The number of crude oil carloads hauled by U.S. railroads surged from 10,840 in 2009 to a projected 400,000 this year. Despite the increase, the rate of accidents has stayed relatively steady. Railroads say 99.997 percent of hazardous materials shipments reach destinations safely.

That being said it is safe to guesstimate 12 shipments will not reach their destinations this year. 

createtime
createtime

confirmed no one had been injured in the crash

so strong

jmcelroy888
jmcelroy888

@tkulaga And a real nice video. How nice. Must have had their Camcorder out sky gazing. Looking for UFO's or meteorite's.