NTSB Team Now In Casselton Investigating Collision - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

NTSB Team Now In Casselton Investigating Collision

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The National Transportation Safety Board is now Casselton, leading the investigation into what caused a fiery train derailment and collision in town Monday afternoon.

A large fire is still burning at the scene as of Tuesday afternoon, hampering investigation efforts.

Valley News Live is providing aerial footage of the crash to assist in the investigation efforts.

Officials with the NTSB say they will be working on collecting factual information on a number fronts including:


  • track conditions
  • mechanical conditions
  • train recorders
  • track signal system
  • interviewing crews
  • hazardous materials
  • emergency response


So far, NTSB investigators can confirm that a westbound grain train derailed at around 2:00 Monday afternoon.

Cars from the derailed train landed on a nearby track, and an eastbound train carrying crude oil struck the cars that derailed.

Both train engines were destroyed and a total of 20 cars derailed.

The investigation team will be in Casselton for about a week.

The NTSB says it expects to release preliminary findings on the crash within the next ten days, and a full report will be released in the next 12-18 months.

photo courtesy: Shawn Rode

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