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KFGO EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 calls from train derailment in Casselton, ND

National Transporation and Safety Board (NTSB) member Robert Sumwalt (R) views damaged rail cars at the scene of the BNSF train accident in Casselton, North Dakota January 1, 2014 in this handout provided by NTSB.
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Casselton train explosion
Flames rise from a train derailment in Casselton, North Dakota on December 30th, 2013 Northeast of the explosion on highway 10.
KFGO NEWS IS THE FIRST TO OBTAIN AND REVIEW THE SERIES OF 9-1-1 CALLS THAT CAME INTO THE REGIONAL EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER FOLLOWING THE TRAIN DERAILMENT, COLLISION, EXPLOSION AND FIRE NEAR CASSELTON.
KFGO NEWS IS THE FIRST TO OBTAIN AND REVIEW THE SERIES OF 9-1-1 CALLS THAT CAME INTO THE REGIONAL EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER FOLLOWING THE TRAIN DERAILMENT, COLLISION, EXPLOSION AND FIRE NEAR CASSELTON.

FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- There was initial confusion about what the train that derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota last week was carrying.  More than a dozen tanker cars exploded sending fireballs hundreds of feet into the air.  

In 911 recordings obtained by KFGO News, a member of a crew on a nearby train first told emergency dispatchers in Fargo that it was ethanol.  It turned about to be highly flammable crude oil from western North Dakota.  An employee of the nearby ethanol plant told 911 that it appeared to him to be oil.  

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the cause of the derailment.  It could be a year or more before a final determination is made.

 

 

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