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Casselton Mayor Ed McConnell is questioning safety of shipping oil by train after an oil train derailed just west of his town on Tuesday.

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CASSELTON, N.D. — Casselton Mayor Ed McConnell was a quarter-mile away from the blaze that erupted after Monday’s train collision and could feel the heat through the windows of his vehicle.

He was surprised by the size of the fireball that burst from BNSF railcars carrying crude oil from western North Dakota. The train carrying oil struck a derailed car filled with soybeans just west of Casselton.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.