A train derailed in North Dakota on Sunday, leading to a leak of hazardous materials that authorities say poses no danger to the public.
31 of the Canadian Pacific Railway freight train’s 70 cars derailed outside Wyndmere, resulting in a leak of liquid asphalt.
Hazmat crews have been dispatched to the scene.
⚠️DEVELOPING! North Dakota: Emergency crews are responding to a train derailment with leaking hazardous material in a rural area of Richland County, southeast of Wyndmere.
Several Canadian Pacific train cars derailed with some spilling hazardous material in Richland County.… pic.twitter.com/Htt50tmzOJ
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Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht says 31 cars of the 70-car train derailed. A spokesman for CP Railway says there is no threat to public safety and there have been no injuries, no fire, and no evacuations. Some of the cars were carrying salts and a hazardous material, liquid asphalt, that CP officials confirmed is leaking.
Lambrecht says the oil is flammable but with the rail cars tipping over into the snow the material solidifies and cools it and there’s less chance of starting fire.
The crews will allow the cold weather to further solidify the liquid asphalt, which they claim will congeal it into a gel.
Cleanup is estimated to take up to 10 days, according to reports.
The train derailment further highlights America’s deteriorating infrastructure that has come into sharp focus following the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio that led to the release of highly toxic materials last month.
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