NTSB releases preliminary report on Casselton train derailmentCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Damage estimates are more than $6 million in the Casselton train derailment and explosion.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Damage estimates are more than $6 million in the Casselton train derailment and explosion. That's just one of the startling facts released in a preliminary report this afternoon by investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. We also learned Monday, some 400,000 gallons of crude oil also spilled.
Following Monday's report on the explosive collision, some politicians are speaking out and asking for more improvements and information surrounding rail safety. Those include Governor Dalrymple, Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, Representative Kevin Cramer and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
We now know the only reason the crude oil train derailed is because a grain car from another train had left its tracks and was in the way. A total of 21 cars from the oil train derailed, along with 2 locomotives. Eighteen of those cars were punctured.
All train crew and first responders were interviewed by investigators. That information is set to be released in the near future.
Finally, a broken axle and two wheels, along with locomotive video recorders, have been shipped to the NTSB Lab in Washington D.C. for further investigation.
This report is preliminary. It's based only on the investigation on-scene in Casselton.