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Train derails after striking semi in northwest North Dakota

MANITOU, N.D. — A train derailed after striking a semitractor-trailer two miles west of Manitou Friday afternoon, May 3.

The semi driver called 911 shortly after 3:30 p.m. to report a westbound BNSF freight train hit his truck at 95th Avenue Northwest in Montrail County, according to a report from the Montrail Sheriff’s Office.

There were no injuries, the report said, but the incident derailed 16 empty tank and hopper cars from the track, along with three locomotives pulling the train.

The rails sustained extensive damage. BNSF maintenance crews who arrived after the incident determined they’ll need at least a day to repair the tracks, according to the sheriff’s report.

The driver, whose truck the report said belonged to Badlands Power Fuels LLC, was cited for failure to yield.

Montrail Sheriff Corey Bristol said drivers should be cautious when approaching and crossing railroad tracks without barriers.

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