NTSB to meet to rule on Casselton derailment and fire

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Investigators look at the Cassleton accident scene.
National Transportation Safety Board
WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will meet Feb. 7 to determine the probable cause of a tank car derailment and fire on Dec. 30, 2013, at Casselton, N.D.

The accident occurred when a BNSF Railway tank car train collided with a derailed grain train. Two locomotives and 20 cars derailed. Eighteen tank cars ruptured, spilling and igniting 476,000 gallons of crude oil. No one was injured, but 1,400 Casselton residents were evacuated. The incident resulted in $6.1 million in damage, according to the NTSB's preliminary report.

Investigators found a broken axle in the wreckage, but did not say if the break contributed to the derailment, or it broke as a result, Trains News Wire reported on Jan. 2, 2014.

The board will convene at its conference center in Washington at 9:30 a.m. The meeting also will be available via a webcast. The channel will open shortly before the meeting.

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