CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are urging residents to evacuate a small North Dakota town after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of town.
The Cass County sheriff's office said Monday night it is "strongly recommending" that people in the town of Casselton and anyone living 5 miles to the south and east evacuate. Shelters have been set up in Fargo, which is about 25 miles away. Casselton has about 2,400 residents.
The sheriff's office says the National Weather Service is forecasting a shift in the weather that would push the plume of smoke down. That could increase the risk of potential health hazards.
The mile-long BNSF Railway Co. train left the tracks about 2:30 p.m. Monday, and as many as 10 cars caught fire. No one was hurt.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.