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No injuries reported after train derails, catches fire in ND

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Train collision causes major fire in North Dakota. (Source: KVLY/KXJB) Train collision causes major fire in North Dakota. (Source: KVLY/KXJB)
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CASSELTON, ND (RNN) – Parts of Casselton, ND, have been evacuated after a fiery train derailment near the town.

The derailment reportedly happened when a grain train jumped the track and was hit a train traveling in the opposite direction, causing it to also derail.

The second train was carrying crude and a fire broke out. Around 21 cars caught fire, according to BNSF Railway.

No injuries have been reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for those displaced by the evacuation.

Pictures circulating on Twitter show thick black plumes smoke and several train cars on fire.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. CT.

It's the latest derailment in a handful of derailments over the past several months.  

A commuter train derailed in New York City on Dec. 1, killing four people and injuring more than 60 passengers. According to the Associated Press, between 100 and 150 passengers were on the train. The speed of the train was reported by going at three times its normal speed, according to CNN. 

A town in Quebec was devastated when a train carrying 73 cars of oil derailed, crashed and exploded, killing 47 people in July. The rail chief blamed the crash on improper inspection of the brakes, and the train derailed going down a seven-mile incline.

A driver of a commuter train in July was talking on his phone when his train derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people. The train was reported traveling at 95 mph, nearly twice the speed recommended for the curve it was traveling through at the time of the crash.

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