The train, which was carrying crude oil and was 106 cars long, crashed into another train leading to a series of huge blasts
This shocking video shows a huge fireball reaching high into the sky after an oil train crashed and exploded.
The BNSF train carrying crude oil collided with another train near Fargo North Dakota on Monday setting off a series of blasts that left at least 10 cars ablaze.
Following the accident a cloud of thick black smoke could be seen up to twenty miles away.
Residents in nearby towns are on guard in case the toxic plume is blown towards their homes.
The train, which was carrying crude oil, was 106 cars long, according to local reports.
The accident led to a series of massive explosions.
Local residents heard five powerful blasts just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and the eastbound BNSF train ran into it, local officials said.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Half of the oil cars have been separated from the train, but another 56 cars remain in danger, said Cecily Fong, the public information officer with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.
The collision destroyed both engines on the oil train. Both trains were operated by BNSF Railway Co, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Bershire Hathaway Inc.
The incident threatens to stoke concerns about the safety of carrying increasing volumes of crude oil by rail, a trend that emerged from the unexpected burst of shale oil production out of North Dakota’s Bakken fields.
Over two-thirds of the state’s oil production is currently shipped by rail.
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