- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean says an oil train crash outside that city in December 2013 appears much worse than the one near Heimdal (HYM’-dahl) this week. A resident of Heimdal agrees.

The Casselton derailment involved more than twice the amount of crude and different kinds of tanker cars. McLean says another freight train carrying soybeans that also was involved in Casselton provided more fuel for that fire.

New state rules also are in effect now aimed at reducing the volatility of Bakken crude, though McLean says it’s impossible to know whether they would have made a difference at Casselton.

Heimdal resident Curt Benson says explosions he witnessed this week were nowhere near the magnitude of the Casselton explosions he saw on television footage.

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