Evacuations underway in North Dakota following fiery oil train derailment

CASSELTON, N.D. - Authorities are evacuating part of a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train derailment.

Cass County Sheriff's Sgt. Tara Morris says as many as 300 residents of Casselton may be evacuated.

Morris says there's no immediate danger. It's a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn.

Morris estimates about 10 cars from a mile-long train caught fire and will have to burn out. She said it could take up to 12 hours before authorities can get close.

The derailment Monday afternoon happened about a mile outside of Casselton. The town of 2,400 people is about 25 miles west of Fargo.

Officials are still investigating what caused the derailment, but a second train carrying grain was somehow involved.

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