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North Dakota: Massive Explosion Following Train Derailment

Posted by Infra on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Explosion Train Derailment Near Casselton, North Dakota

A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday.

No injuries have been reported so far. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. A viewer who is about a half mile from the derailment tells Valley News Live she can see large flames.

Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile radius of the accident.

The Casselton Fire Department says a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train is involved. An unknown number of cars derailed, but we’re told one bulk oil car is on fire and toxic black smoke is being released.

The wind is from the northwest, which means the smoke may miss Casselton but people living to the southeast of town are being told to stay inside. The Casselton Fire Department says there is some concern that the derailment is near an ethanol plant in.

A Valley News Live Crew is on scene. We will bring you more pictures and more information as soon as we get it.
- ProductionMindy on YouTube

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