North Dakota Town Evacuated After Train Derailment
Updated: Wed 9:56 AM, May 06, 2015
The Wells County Sheriff's Office tells Valley News Live the town of Heimdal, ND was evacuated after an oil train went off the tracks and started on fire around 7:30 a.m.
Heimdal is in between Harvey and New Rockford.
BNSF said in a statement the train was carrying crude oil and that initial reports from the crew indicate there are no injuries.
Spokesperson Amy McBeth says the tank cars involved in the incident are the unjacketed CPC-1232 models.
Fire crews from Harvey, Fessenden and Maddock have all been called in to fight the fire. An official with Harvey Fire says at least 5 oil tanker cars are burning.
Witness Jennifer Willis lives about a half mile from where the train derailed. She says she heard it happen this morning and it sounded like thunder.
Willis has been evacuated from her home. She tells Valley News Live the closest they've been allowed to the scene is an 1/8th of a mile and you could feel the heat.
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