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Officials urging evacuation near ND derailment


CASSELTON, NORTH DAKOTA (WKOW) -- Authorities are urging everyone to evacuate a town in North Dakota after a series of explosions caused by the derailment of a train carrying oil.

The train went off the tracks Monday afternoon near Casselton, a town of about 2,400 people that sits about 25 miles west of Fargo.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is "strongly recommending" people in Casselton and anyone living five miles to the south and east evacuate. The evacuation is a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn. Authorities are worried about any health hazards that may come from the blowing smoke.

Shelters have been set up in Fargo.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.


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