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A fire from a train derailment burns uncontrollably as seem from a mile away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, west of Casselton, N.D. Michael Vosburg /

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By Amy Dalrymple

CASSELTON, N.D. -- Casselton Mayor Ed McConnell was a quarter-mile away from the blaze that erupted after Monday’s train collision and could feel the heat through the windows of his vehicle.


He was surprised by the size of the fireball that burst from BNSF railcars carrying crude oil from western North Dakota. The train carrying oil struck a derailed car filled with soybeans just west of Casselton.

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