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Officials Discuss Rail Safety

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As we mentioned, the train derailment and explosion near Casselton is sparking continued discussion among state officials about rail safety.

There were no injuries in the fire and explosion, but officials had Casselton residents evacuate for 24 hours.

Governor Dalrymple says he thinks the nation's tank car fleet should be converted to a newer and safer type of car as soon as possible.

Dalrymple says the Casselton train derailment left an impression on him, especially since Casselton is his hometown.

"I think it really leaves an impression on you. Anyone who saw that could see that there's a tremendous force there when that kind of oil explodes," says Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Other issues being discussed are the clean-up process of the site near Casselton and the importance of an investigation to determine the cause of the derailment.

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