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DOT head discusses efforts to improve rail safety

Casselton derailment (KFGO file photo)
Casselton derailment (KFGO file photo)

CASSELTON (AP/KFGO-AM) -- The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation says his visit with first responders and others who dealt with a fiery oil train derailment outside Casselton has left him "even more strongly committed'' to move on safety issues.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke at a round table event Thursday at the Casselton fire department. Foxx said the government wants to make sure it "attacks the issue with the right solutions'' and it helps to hear from people who are dealing with the problem.

The accident happened on Dec. 30 when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF oil train, causing that train to also derail and set off a fire. There were no injuries.

The crash spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude oil.