Officials urging evacuation near ND derailment

By By DAVE KOLPACK

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are urging residents to evacuate a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train derailment.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office says it's "strongly recommending" that people in Casselton and anyone living five miles to the south and east evacuate. It's a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn.

Casselton has about 2,400 residents and is about 25 miles west of Fargo.

Investigators couldn't get close to the blaze about a mile outside of Casselton and estimates of how many cars caught fire varied.

BNSF Railway Co. says about 20 cars caught fire after its oil train left the tracks about 2:10 p.m. Monday. The sheriff's office says 10 cars were on fire.

No one was hurt. The cause is being investigated.

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