Breaking News!!: Casselton, ND: Fiery explosions after train derailment.
A train carrying crude oil derailed at around 2:00pm CT on Monday near Casselton, North Dakota setting off a series of fiery explosions.
According to the Cass Sheriff’s Office, a 104 car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Train collided with another train while traveling eastbound approximately one mile west of Casselton, North Dakota.
How the collision occurred is unknown at this time.
At this moment, there is no reports of injuries.
This evacuation is precautionary and in anticipation of potential changes in wind direction.
Those within the evacuation zone are not currently in immediate danger, but the potential exists if the wind changes direction.
According to Cass County Emergency Manager Dave Rogness, 2,400 residents were told to stay indoors as a precaution and that crews were calling for truckloads of sand to help contain leaking material. He says the derailment occurred near the city’s ethanol plant.
According to Director of the Health Department’s Environmental Health Section Dave Glatt, North Dakota’s Health Officials are in Casselton, North Dakota and plan to check for health hazards once the fires are out.
The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at Discovery Middle School in Fargo for residents that are being evacuated from a portion of Casselton, North Dakota due to a train derailment that has led to unsafe conditions.
Discovery Middle School is located at 1717 40th Avenue South in Fargo, North Dakota. The shelter will be opened by 6:30pm CT Monday night. Anyone coming to the shelter should enter through west gymnasium doors. Officials are currently going door-to-door to make sure that any disabled or elderly individuals that need extra assistance to evacuate are receiving the necessary help.
The American Red Cross is preparing to take in 100 people at the shelter, but have the capacity to hold up to 500. The shelter will be equipped with cots, food, and other necessary items for families displaced.
A Red Cross disaster mental health professional is also being deployed to the shelter to provide emotional support.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.