Sunday night’s Canadian Pacific train got off-track in rural North Dakota. It also spilled hazardous material. The railroad and local authorities said that there is no danger to public safety.
The derailment happened in a rural location outside Wyndmere. This town is home to several hundred people and is located approximately 60 miles (97km) southwest Fargo.
Andy Cummings, spokesperson for Canadian Pacific, stated that 31 of 70 cars were on the train when it left the tracks at 11:15 Sunday. Some cars also leaked liquid asphalt. There are no waterways nearby where the derailment occurred.
The railroad’s hazardous materials experts are working with local first responders to clean up the spill. Numerous roads were closed in the affected area.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment or exactly how much liquid asphalt spilled.
Railroad safety has been in the spotlight nationally ever since last month’s fiery derailment A Norfolk Southern train was passing by East Palestine, Ohio. Near the Pennsylvania border, roughly half of the town of approximately 5,000 residents had to be evacuated when officials decided to release or burn toxic chemicals.
Federal regulators members of Congress To prevent future rail derailments, they have suggested reforms for railroads.