3 train cars derail in rural Cass County

Train Derailment | Tower City, ND
Tyler Ziegler / WDAY

TOWER CITY, N.D. — Three train cars derailed about 1 mile west of Buffalo Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13, after they reportedly popped off the tracks, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

The derailment happened at about 2:50 p.m. when two BNSF Railway train cars left the track at 34th Street and 138th Avenue Southeast, the sheriff's office said.

BNSF spokesperson Amy McBeth described the derailment as a "minor incident" and said none of the cars tipped over.

None of the cars were carrying hazardous material and nobody was hurt, according to the sheriff's office. McBeth said two of the cars that derailed were empty and that the third was hauling carbon. There were a total of 27 cars in the train, she said.


Authorities blocked off 138th Avenue Southeast as crews worked to clear the scene. McBeth said a railway crossing was temporarily blocked but was cleared and reopened the same afternoon as the derailment.

BNSF said it will be investigating what caused the train cars to derail.

Buffalo is about 35 miles west of Fargo on the Cass-Barnes County line.

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