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Developing: Oil train derails near Heimdal, ND -- town evacuated

A freight train with 109 oil tanker cars derailed near the small town of Heimdal, North Dakota this morning.

Six of the rail cars are on fire.

The derailment happened just before 8 am about a mile east of Heimdal. Cecily Fong is with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Management.

"The city of Heimdal has been evacuated. And that is impacting approximately 40 people.”

Fong says no deaths or injuries have been reported. She says it isn’t yet clear what caused the derailment. Several area fire departments are battling the blaze.

BNSF has not been available for comment.

In 2013, another oil train derailed near Casselton, North Dakota – and its 2500 residents were evacuated.

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