Stark figures released surrounding Casselton Train Collision and DerailmentCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Stark figures are released surrounding the Casselton Train Collision and Derailment.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Stark figures are released surrounding the Casselton Train Collision and Derailment.
In a preliminary report, Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say 400-thousand gallons of crude oil spilled and damage estimated well-exceed $6,000,000.
The investigation is far from over - the report released today focuses solely on the scene of derailment, in Casselton.
More information is set to be released following further investigation at the national NTSB Headquarters.
It's a site still fresh in the minds of many mid-afternoon December 30th.
Thirteen cars would derail on a westbound grain train.
One of those cars making the track impassable for an eastbound train carrying crude oil.
The trains would collide.
A total of 21 cars from the oil train derailed along with 2 locomotives... 18 of those cars were punctured –
spilling 400,000 some gallons of crude oil.
Multiple explosions followed - with the oil burning for days.
The documents reveal neither train was speeding at the time of the accident nor both crews had hit their emergency brakes.
The grain train was going 28 miles an hour - the oil train was going about 43 miles an hour.
The speed limit there is 60.
It's estimated the locomotives collided at 42 miles per hour.
Taken from the scene of the collision, a broken axle and two wheels - along with locomotive video recorders.
The items have been shipped to the NTSB Lab in Washington D.C. for further investigation.
All train crew and first responders were interviewed by investigators - that information is set to be released in the near future.