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Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service A fire from a train derailment burns uncontrollably as seen from a mile away Monday, west of Casselton, N.D.

Derailment point located

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CASSELTON, N.D. — Investigators of Monday’s train collision and fire have determined the point of the derailment and say a broken axle will be studied to determine if it played a role.

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About 2:10 p.m. Monday, an eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hauling crude oil struck a westbound train’s derailed car filled with soybeans.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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