CASSELTON, N.D. (KFGO AM) -- Residents of a small North Dakota town near an oil train derailment say they were literally shaken by the experience.
The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon, and several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire.
City Auditor Sheila Klevegard says one of the blasts shook the windows of the city hall. Klevegard said she looked out to see a huge plume and fireball about a mile from town.
No one has been reported hurt in the derailment or fire. By late Monday afternoon, the smoke plume was diminishing and was staying mostly away from town.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Contact: Sgt Tara Morris
Phone: (701) 429-8593
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will be initiating an evacuation of the following areas in Casselton, ND:
Railroad tracks south to the golf course and 6th Ave west to the Casselton city limits.
This evacuation is precautionary and in anticipation of potential changes in wind direction. Those within the evacuation zone are not currently in immediate danger but the potential exists if the wind changes direction.
Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies and Casselton Fire Fighters will be going door to door in the evacuation zone to inform and assist those who reside in that area. The Central Cass High School will be available as a temporary shelter/family reunification. Entry should be made on the east side of the school at door six.
Public questions regarding the evacuation and reunification or public information/ concerns can be directed to the Cass County Tactical Operations Center at (701) 297-6000.