NTSB LAUNCHES GO-TEAM TO INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT INVOLVING TWO FREIGHT TRAINS IN NORTH DAKOTA

Posted on December 31, 2013 By

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go-team to investigate an accident in Casselton, North Dakota where a BNSF grain train derailed and a train traveling in the opposite direction carrying crude oil struck the derailment and derailed. There was a significant post-crash fire. The accident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. CST today. Read more.

This photo provided by Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk shows a train derailment and fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. No one has been reported hurt in the derailment or fire. (AP Photo/Ken Pawluk)

This photo provided by Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk shows a train derailment and fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. No one has been reported hurt in the derailment or fire. (AP Photo/Ken Pawluk with special thanks to the Boston Herald) Click pic to enlarge.

Crews in North Dakota were testing the air Tuesday morning for any dangerous fumes a day after two trains wrecked, sparking a large fire. The results of the tests will help determine when it is safe for residents to resume their routine activities. One of the trains was carrying crude oil, which sent dangerous smoke into the air, officials said.

The incident occurred one mile west of Casselton, a town of 2,300 residents about 25 miles west of Fargo. Authorities issued an evacuation order, which was not mandatory, but “strongly, strongly recommended,” Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney told CNN.

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