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This graphic describes hypothetical evacuation zones in the Fargo Moorhead area in the event of train derailments in different areas.

Preparing for ‘what if’ in F-M area; Some Fargo-area officials say more training needed on train derailments

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FARGO — In early November, Fargo city officials faced a sobering but hypothetical emergency response drill: What would happen if an oil train derailed in the heart of Fargo?

Following the fiery train derailment and explosion near Casselton on Monday, many in the metro area are wondering what would transpire if the “what if” scenario became reality.

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com
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