Update on Train Collision Near Casselton
CASSELTON – As Haz-mat crews from Fargo and West Fargo continue to battle a train fire east of Casselton, residents in a ten-mile radius are being warned to remain indoors.
Cass County authorities say ten cars of a 106-car crude oil train burst into flames just east of Casellton around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday after the BNSF train derailed and then was hit by another train.
Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman, says the collision happened around 3:30 p.m. and crews are working to separate the remaining cars from the burning ones.
McBeth said no crew members on the eastbound oil train or the second train were reported hurt. Thick, black smoke could be seen from around 15 miles away.
Local and county law enforcement have blocked all traffic within a mile of the accident.
A person familiar with the area says the accident occurred in an open field about a mile and half from the nearby Tharaldson Ethanol Plant. All indications are that the plant is not in danger.