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BNSF expects to reopen Casselton, ND, tracks soon

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Work is ongoing to repair and reopen the railroad tracks at Casselton after a crude oil-carrying train derailed and caught fire.

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BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says crews have moved cars away from the tracks and are now focusing on track repairs. The railroad expects to reopen both lines in the area about midnight.

In the meantime, rail traffic is being rerouted. McBeth says there might be some train delays but she's not aware of any major backups.

The BNSF oil train derailed Monday, prompting the voluntary evacuation of about two-thirds of Casselton. No one was hurt. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the wreck.