Several rail cars burn in North Dakota train derailment

May 2, 2022

BURLINGTON, N.D. (AP) — Several rail cars caught fire after at least 11 cars of a BNSF train derailed near Burlington early Sunday, but no injuries were reported.

The railroad said in a statement that the train derailed between Minot and Des Lacs, North Dakota, around 1 a.m. Sunday, and railcars containing paper products and frozen foods caught fire. BNSF said railcars carrying hazardous materials on the train did not leave the tracks and had been pulled away from the fire.

Burlington Fire Chief Karter Lassman said a couple homes near the derailment were evacuated Sunday morning as a precaution. He said all the cars that derailed were box cars.

Lassman said wet fields near the derailment made it difficult for firefighters to reach the site.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.