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The train derailment occurred earlier this afternoon, but with the shift in wind the entire town is being evacuated right now. Reports say that one of the train's crew members suffered second degree burns before getting to safety. I'm posting this as a quick diary to get the word out. If anyone has more pertinent, local info, please post in the comments. One news link is here:

Twitter feed is here:

I will post some twitter pictures below the fold.

from earlier today:

Just another reminder that fossil fuels are not safe for children, train drivers and other living things. May all be safe.

10:30 PM PT: From WDAY- TV, about 65% of Casselton has been evacuated at this time. Station is apparently going off the air, because they say "check back tomorrow a.m." for more coverage (!)

Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM PT: from twitter: Press conference set for 9 am in the morning. Meanwhile the rescue authorities are working through the night in temperatures of -17 degrees.

Originally posted to jan4insight on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 08:08 PM PST.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS.

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