Tracks reopen following fiery derailment

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Jan 2, 2014 at 6:28 am

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway has reopened the two lines at Casselton that were shut down Monday when a crude oil-carrying train derailed and caught fire.

There were actually two derailments. A westbound train carrying grain derailed first, and a portion of it fell onto an adjacent track carrying the eastbound oil train. Eighteen cars on the 106-car oil train derailed and several burned.

No one was hurt, but many of the 2,400 residents in nearby Casselton temporarily evacuated due to potentially unsafe air.

BNSF says one of the lines reopened at 3 a.m. Thursday and the second about 15 minutes later.

Traffic was rerouted on other lines while cleanup and repair work was done, but BNSF says some shipments moving through the corridor might be delayed up to 36 hours.

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