Casselton Train Accident Update
CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) - About two-thirds of the 2,400 people in Casselton have heeded authorities' call to evacuate because of a fire from a crude oil-carrying train that derailed in southeastern North Dakota.
Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Crawford says most are likely staying with friends and family because only 19 people showed up overnight at a shelter in a Fargo school.
The cause of the Monday derailment a mile west of Casselton is still being investigated. No one has been hurt, but state health officials have warned that exposure to burning crude could cause health problems.
Crawford says the fire is still burning but has died down overnight. He says there is still plenty of fire, heat and smoke - and residents of Casselton are still urged to stay away.
Earlier, BNSF reported that a westbound grain train derailed at 2:10 p.m. Monday, striking a westbound oil train and causing it to also derail.
Some Casselton residents reported hearing explosions and feeling their homes shake. The plume of smoke from the fire was visible for as far as 15 miles from the accident.