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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:15 PM

A North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.

No one was hurt in Monday's derailment of the mile-long train that sent a great fireball and plumes of black smoke skyward about a mile from the small town of Casselton. The fire had been so intense as darkness fell that investigators couldn't get close enough to count the number of burning cars.

Worries about the smoke plume prompted officials to ask Casselton's 2,400 residents to voluntarily evacuate Monday evening, and most did. The recommendation was lifted Tuesday afternoon, but officials were urging residents south of the derailment to remain vigilant about changing conditions, Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk said.

Residents said the blasts endured for hours after the derailment, shaking their homes and businesses. A BNSF spokeswoman said 18 tanker cars burned.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:35 PM

1. Derailment makes more sense

Last night they were saying 2 trains collided "but there were no injuries," which made no sense at all. The video was amazing. Crude oil is nasty stuff.

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