Social Media reaction to train derailment in CasseltonCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Social media went crazy seconds after the fire and explosions. One thing is for sure. News of the derailment and explosions and fire that followed hit social media and spread quickly.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Social media went crazy seconds after the fire and explosions.
One thing is for sure.
News of the derailment and explosions and fire that followed hit social media and spread quickly.
This amazing video shot by Darrin Radermacher of Casselton.
He is a local who happened to be close enough to document the explosions and fireball that erupted following the train derailment in Casselton.
It is clear from the video, posted on social media, that the fireball, black smoke and flames shot more than a hundred feet into the air.
Again, this was all within the first hour of the incident on Casselton's west side of town.
Now, in addition to the dramatic video, Facebook and Twitter were also loaded with still pictures of the wreck.
While we just showed you the Radermacher video, some of the still pictures are just as amazing to see.
You really get a feel for the scale of the fire, the blasts and explosions.
Within minutes of the derailment and fire, people started sharing photos of the smoke and flames on their Twitter and Facebook sites.
Hundreds shared them and within an hour, video and pictures from the Casselton crash were being picked up by news websites worldwide.
This after so much attention has been focused lately on the dramatic increase in trains loaded with oil coming through our area because of activity in the oil patch.
More than 50 trains a day come through Casselton, more than 120 trains through downtown Fargo a day that is on the low side, nationwide, rail shipments of Crude are up 50%.