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Event Type:Railroad Accident

Location:Casselton, ND

Date:December 30, 2013

Railroad Train Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board launched a go-team to investigate an accident in Casselton, North Dakota where a BNSF grain train derailed and a train traveling in the opposite direction carrying crude oil struck the derailment and derailed. There was a significant post-crash fire.

Rail Safety Investigator Richard Hipskind is the investigator-in-charge. Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt accompanied the team and served as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Officer Eric Weiss is coordinating media-related activities. He can be reached at or by phone at (202) 314-6100.

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Photo of Freight Train Accident

Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / December 30, 2013 /



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Media Contact:
Eric M. Weiss
(202) 314-6100