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Published January 08, 2014, 08:41 PM

Hoeven and Heitkamp push to improve railway safety after Casselton derailment

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp are making a push to improve railway safety. Both will meet with the Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Thursday.

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp are making a push to improve railway safety. Both will meet with the Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Thursday.

The talks come as the investigation and cleanup at the Casselton derailment site continues. A BNSF train carrying crude oil collided with another derailed train last Monday, causing a massive fire and explosions.

BNSF says work to dig up and transport the contaminated soil will most likely take another 2 weeks.

Casselton Mayor Ed McConnell said, "I think there has to be a discussion. I think that any city thats on the railroad has to be concerned. And I guess I'm kind of waiting to hear from them, what they're thoughts are on it. And if I don't hear from them pretty soon I guess I'll have to start talking, going after and talking to them"

McConnell says he sent a city official to the site to get a soil sample so it can be analyzed at an independent lab.

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