Train collision in North Dakota sets oil rail cars ablaze
Published on Dec 31, 2013 8:58 AM
FARGO, N.D. (REUTERS) - A train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.
Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into it just after 2 pm CST (4am Tuesday Singapore time), local officials said. There were no reports of any injuries.
City officials said they heard a series of blasts following the collision, including one at 3.40 pm Windows shook at the city auditor's office.
"Approximately 10 cars are fully engulfed resulting in heavy smoke in the area," the Cass County sheriff said in a statement at 4.36 pm, adding that local fire and hazardous material teams were battling the blaze. The sheriff said it was not yet clear how the collision had occurred.
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