BNSF Media Statement:
The fires involving yesterday’s derailed tank cars in Heimdal, ND have been extinguished. Local residents who were earlier evacuated from the area near the derailment were advised yesterday evening by local officials that it is safe to return to their homes. The BNSF team has removed a majority of the crude oil from the derailed tank cars. Upon completion of the NTSB’s investigation, the derailed cars will then be moved from the site and the remaining clean up and track repairs will begin.
Local first responders remain on the scene as do BNSF personnel. BNSF team members will continue to assist first responders.
We are thankful there are no injuries and regret the inconvenience this incident has caused local residents. BNSF has established a Claims Center in the area to assist those who evacuated.