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Published January 01, 2014, 08:23 PM

NTSB investigates train derailment in Casselton

The federal fact-finding mission is on in Casselton as the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation. Just last month, a team from BNSF was in Fargo speaking about the chances of a crude oil train accident happening here.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

The federal fact-finding mission is on in Casselton as the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation. Just last month, a team from BNSF was in Fargo speaking about the chances of a crude oil train accident happening here.

According to spokeswoman Amy McBeth, quoted, "99.99% of hazardous materials make it to their destination without any incident."

NTSB board members say although facts are limited, they know 20 cars derailed in Casselton; 19 of them hauling crude oil. Their job now is to figure out how it happened by looking at factors including track conditions, mechanics of the trains and signal systems.

NTSB members say the full investigation could take more than a year. The derailment was the third major incident in just the last six months involving oil trains transporting North Dakota crude oil.

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