BREAKING NEWS– A train carrying crude oil through Wells County, North Dakota has derailed. At least six rail cars have caught fire, sending thick, black plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. The village of Heimdal and nearby farms have been evacuated. “The [Federal Railroad Administration] has deployed a ten person investigation team to the site and will be conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident,” Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg said in a statement The BNSF Railway oil tanker derailed around 7:30 a.m. local time, Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
Emergency crews from several fire departments across the region have responded, as well as hazardous materials teams from Devils Lakes and Grand Forks, Cecily Fong, public information officer for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, said. The train’s engine and some of the attached cars were decoupled and moved away from the burning tanker cars, Fong said.Jennifer Willis lives about a half mile from where the train derailed. She told Valley News Live that the derailment sounded like thunder. Willis has been evacuated from her home. She added that she could feel the heat from 1/8th of a mile from the scene. MORE