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Published November 24, 2010, 05:27 PM

Train Derailment Causes Fuel Spill in Grand Forks

A train derailed from its tracks around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, spilling about 800 gallons of fuel. No one was hurt in the derailment, and authorities now are focusing on clean-up.

The derailment happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. just east of North Washington.

Fire Department captain Chad Cutshaw says the tracks were too slippery for the train to stop, so it was derailed on purpose.

But what wasn't supposed to happen: a fuel leak. The fuel tank on the train engine was punctured by the tracks. Cutshaw says when they arrived it had leaked around 800 gallons of fuel.

The train was coming into the railyard from the North Dakota State Mill. The Grand Forks police department, fire department and Altru responded.

Nobody was hurt and now they are just working on cleaning up the mess. Cutshaw says they will do some environmental testing to make sure the scene is safe.

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