Weather Shift near ND Train Derailment Worries Authorities

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) -- 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 nearby Casselton evacuate. The Cass County Sheriff's Office was also urging those living five miles to the south and east to leave their homes.

About 2,400 people live in Casselton, about 25 miles west of Fargo.
No one was hurt in Monday's derailment. The cause was being investigated.

It happened amid heightened concerns about the United States' increased reliance on rail to carry crude oil. Fears of catastrophic derailments were particularly stoked after last summer's crash in Quebec of a train carrying crude from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch.

Forty-seven people died in the ensuing fire.

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