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Published January 08, 2014, 09:00 PM

Clean up in Casselton continues Wednesday night from train derailment

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven want some answers on rail car safety.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven want some answers on rail car safety.

They're meeting tomorrow with transportation official, hoping to improve train safety.

The talks come after the fourth train derailment in 9 years in the Casselton area.

Here in Casselton where just over a week ago, a train carrying highly volatile crude oil derailed, causing a massive explosion.

Today, the cleanup continues.

Ed McConnell/Casselton Mayor: "they guarantee us that its going to be put back the way it was. I don't know how they are going to do that but..."

The site of a BNSF train derailment last Monday is on its way to being cleaned up.

The railcars that erupted into massive fireballs are now all lined up in a contained area on site, and

Excavation efforts are still in full force, with contaminated soil being dug up, and placed aside for transport.

McConnell: "They're getting it cleaned up, the states watching them pretty close"

BNSF says they have been working with the North Dakota Department of Health during the cleanup process, and expect that to be completed sometime late next week.

Mayor Ed McConnell says BNSF has assured him that the cleanup will be done right.

I guess we'll take them at their word right now, and hold them to it later.

Mayor McConnell says he sent a city official to the site to get a soil sample, and plans to send it to an independent lab for analysis.

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