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VIDEO: Train Derails In Casselton & Then Blows Up!

by JT

UPDATE: 8:15pm: Casselton and a 5 mile region surrounding the city is under a voluntary (but strongly encouraged) evacuation. Winds will shift later this evening and push the toxic fumes over the city and surrounding area.

UPDATE 5:45pm: At least seven oil cars burst into flames after a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed and was then hit by another train. The 106 car long train was headed eastbound when it derailed just west of Casselton at approximately  2:10 p.m. No crew members have been reported injured.

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A train derailed in Casselton today and then exploded! Check out this amazing video! Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment and fire on the west side of Casselton. At least one rail car is on fire.

Smoke can be seen for miles. KFGO'S Jim Monk is on the scene. No reports of injuries.

A "Code Red Alert" has been issued advising Casselton residents to stay indoors. 

Photos credited to Dale Halverson

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Larry O'Callaghan of Pifer's Auction sent in these photos from Casselton, N.D.