31 Dec 2013

Huge fire after trains collide in North Dakota

6:25 pm on 31 December 2013

Wagons from a train carrying crude oil have burst into flames as they derailed after a collision with another train in the American state of North Dakota.

The derailment on Monday is reported to have happened near an ethanol plant. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen many kilometres away and explosions were heard.

No injuries were reported, but officials ordered the evacuation of about 300 people from the nearby town of Casselton as a precaution, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said the last 50 wagons of the train had been uncoupled, but another 56 remained at risk.

An investigation into the crash has begun.