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N.D. derailment cleaned up

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway crews clean up after a 19-car train derailment that occurred three miles west of Casselton, N.D., Sunday. AP photo

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) -- A spokesman for BNSF Railway says traffic is back to normal after crews worked through the night to clean up the site of a 19-car derailment in eastern North Dakota.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said no one was injured when the cars went off the track three miles west of Casselton about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. He said normal traffic flow resumed Monday after the rail was replaced.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. Melonas said the train was traveling slower than the 35 mph speed limit in the area.

Crews are picking up canned peaches, aluminum and other debris from the derailment this week. Melonas said no hazardous material spilled.

The train originated in Pasco, Wash., and was destined for Minneapolis. Melonas said the track handles 30 trains a day.

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