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Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town
Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

An oil train derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live. No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened about 7:30 a.m. local time near Heimdal, about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck. The residents who were evacuated were staying with family and friends, Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said. Ten tanker cars on the BNSF Railway train caught fire, creating thick black smoke, state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said. “The engine and cars that aren't burning have been decoupled and moved to safety,” she said. ...

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