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Updated Casselton Derailment Statement

 

BNSF Railway Update on Casselton Claims

1/6/14

Residents and businesses affected by the evacuation in Casselton should contact BNSF Railway’s Fargo Claims Office by calling 701-280-7216 or 701-280-7217. BNSF’s Claims personnel are assisting residents and businesses with reimbursement of expenses associated with the evacuation.

BNSF operated a Claims Center in Casselton Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 and provided previously an 800 number to assist residents. Moving forward, residents and businesses should contact BNSF’s Fargo Claims Office to file a claim.

 

1/3/14, 6:20 a.m.

The BNSF Claim Center will be open Friday January 3rd, 2014 at the Days Inn Casselton from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Due to a weather system we encourage residents to come in early if possible but representatives will be available at the claims center until 5 pm Friday.

Claim Forms will be available at the center for reimbursement of expenses associated with the evacuation.

Please bring your driver's license or other identification and proof of residency such as mail with your name and address.

If you own a business that was affected, business interruption claim forms will also be available at the claims center or by contacting the Fargo Claims office.

If you were unable to submit a claim by visiting the claims center please contact the Fargo Claims Office on Monday morning (January 6th) to schedule an appointment by calling 701-280-7216 or 701-280-7217.

 

1/2/14, 11:30 a.m.

BNSF has opened its Claim Center today, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Days Inn Casselton and is extending the hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to help residents inconvenienced by the derailment. Hours of the Claim Center tomorrow will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Claim Forms will be available at the center for reimbursement of expenses associated with the evacuation.

Business interruption claim forms will also be available at the claims center for affected businesses.

Residents and businesses can also contact BNSF's Fargo Claims office at 701-280-7216 or 701-280-7217.

Claimants will need to provide a driver’s license for identification.

 

12/31/13, 4:00 p.m.

We are thankful there have been no injuries as a result of the derailment near Casselton, North Dakota and are terribly sorry for the inconvenience this derailment has caused residents in the area. BNSF claims personnel are on-site to assist with resident’s concerns.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into the cause of the derailment and will now handle media inquiries about the accident.

BNSF personnel, including BNSF emergency response personnel and specially trained hazmat teams have been working with local emergency responders through the night and will work with local officials to assist those impacted by the incident.

BNSF has set up local phone numbers to help residents inconvenienced by the derailment and will also open a Claim Center Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 at the Days Inn Casselton that will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Claim Forms will be available at the center for reimbursement of expenses associated with the evacuation.

Residents that would like to speak with BNSF Claims representatives before the Claims Center opens on Thursday, can call the Fargo Claims office from 2pm to 8pm December 31st and from 8am to 5pm on January 1st at 701-280-7216 or 701-280-7217.

Business interruption claim forms will also be available at the claims center for affected businesses. Requests for the form to be sent to affected businesses can also be made by contacting BNSF's Fargo Claims office at 701-280-7216 or 701-280-7217.

Along with a driver’s license or other identification, claimants will need documentation of residency (i.e. mail with name and address).

 

12/31/13, 11:30 a.m.

We are thankful there have been no injuries as a result of the derailment near Casselton, North Dakota and are terribly sorry for the inconvenience this derailment has caused residents in the area. BNSF claims personnel are on-site to assist with resident’s concerns.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into the cause of the derailment and will now handle media inquiries about the accident.

BNSF personnel, including BNSF emergency response personnel and specially trained hazmat teams have been working with local emergency responders through the night and will work with local officials to assist those impacted by the incident.

BNSF has set up an 800 number to help residents inconvenienced by the derailment, 1-866-243-4784, and will also open a Claim Center Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 at the Days Inn Casselton that will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Claim Forms will be available at the center for reimbursement of expenses associated with the evacuation.

Along with a driver’s license or other identification, claimants will need documentation of residency (i.e. mail with name and address). Business interruption claim forms will also be available at the claims center.

 

12/30/13, 9:20 p.m.

About 2:10 p.m., December 30, 2013, a westbound grain train derailed approximately one mile west of Casselton, North Dakota impacting an eastbound crude train on an adjacent track causing it to derail. We believe approximately 21 cars involved in the derailment are on fire. There were no injuries to either of the train crews involved.

The local Fire department is on scene as are BNSF personnel. There were 112 cars in the westbound grain train and 106 cars in the eastbound crude oil train. The majority of cars in both trains were not derailed and as many of those cars as possible have been pulled away from the derailment location.

Additional BNSF emergency response personnel and specially trained hazmat teams have been dispatched to the scene and will work with local emergency responders through the night to address the fires and spilled crude oil and will work with local officials to assist those impacted by the incident. We are thankful there have been no injuries and there are BNSF claims personnel on-site to assist with residents’ concerns.

BNSF will update the status of safety and remediation efforts as additional information becomes available.


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