North Dakota residents moved from town, after train carrying oil explodes

Bruce Crummy/AP

Bruce Crummy/AP


For people in Casselton, North Dakota, it was a very close call.

Yesterday afternoon, a train carrying crude from the nearby Bakken oil fields derailed and exploded into flames just outside the town limits. Some of the cars were still burning this morning.

The explosion comes months after a train derailment and blast in Lac Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people.

Ryan Toop in a resident of nearby Casselton, North Dakota. He said it was so hot 450 metres from the explosion that he could remove his coat - despite the -26 Celsius temperature. Listen to guest host Helen Mann's interview with Mr. Toop by clicking the link.

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