UPDATED Details on Casselton Train Accident
CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go-team" to investigate an oil train derailment in eastern North Dakota. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said now crew members were hurt in the incident involving two trains one mile west of Casselton.
Authorities say a weather shift could increase the risk of potential health hazards after a train carrying crude oil derailed in North Dakota and set off explosions.
They were "strongly recommending" that residents in Casselton evacuate. The Cass County Sheriff's Office was also urging those living five miles to the south and east to leave their homes.
The American Red Cross said in a press release that it had opened Central Cass High School in Casselton and Discovery Middle School in Fargo for evacuees.
About 2,400 people live in Casselton, about 20 miles west of Fargo.
No one was hurt in Monday's derailment. The cause was being investigated.
A westbound grain train derailed around 2:10 Monday afternoon, colliding with an eastbound crude oil train, which caused it to derail.
About 10 of the 106 oil train cars were fully engulfed in flames as of Monday evening. Cass County officials said the burning cars would be left to burn themselves out before investigators and clean up crews could begin their work.