North Dakota Freight Train Explodes After Derailment

Source: Anthony Castellano and Alex Perez / ABC News

Officials are urging residents of a small North Dakota town to evacuate after a mile-long train carrying crude oil collided with another train, triggering a series of thunderous explosions and sending toxic fumes into the air.

About 2,400 people live in Casselton, a mile from Monday’s fiery derailment. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is “strongly recommending” an evacuation of the city of Casselton and anyone residing five miles to the south and east of the town.

The main concern for residents’ safety is related to the fumes from the fire, Cass County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Tara Morris said. There’s a high-pressure system coming in that is expected to push the plume of smoke into town.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said, “Our job right now is to protect the citizens of Casselton and the surrounding area and that’s what we intend to do.”

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