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December 31, 2013

Officials urging evacuation near derailment

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CASSELTON, N.D. —

The tracks that the train was on Monday pass through the middle of Casselton, and Cass County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tara Morris said it was “a blessing it didn’t happen within the city.”

The train had more than 100 cars, and about 80 of them were moved away from the site.

Morris said it could take up to 12 hours before authorities could get close to the fire. The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at the high school for evacuees. Jeff Zent, a spokesman for Gov. Jack Dalrymple, said the National Guard was on alert if needed.

Casselton’s residents were told to stay indoors as soon as the blasts began.

Cass County Emergency Manager Dave Rogness said crews called for truckloads of sand to help contain leaking material.

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