70-Car Train Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails in North Dakota

A 70-car train carrying hazardous materials derailed on Sunday night in North Dakota, with 31 of the cars coming off the tracks near Wyndmere in Richland County, Fox News reports.

The incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. and there were no injuries reported, according to local reports.

Some of the cars leaked petroleum, which is used in the production of asphalt.

Crews are allowing the cold weather to solidify the spilled materials, which are expected to turn into a gel, as part of the cleanup process.

The nearby roadways of 158 and 159 Avenue Southeast will be closed between Highway 13 and 14, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident marks the latest in a string of train derailments in the U.S., with concerns over rail safety continuing to mount following a major incident in East Palestine, Ohio in February, FOx notes.

In that case, approximately 50 cars derailed, spilling hazardous materials and forcing residents to evacuate.

In a separate incident on Sunday, two cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed in a Chicago suburb.

One car was carrying wheat and the other was empty, officials said.

The cleanup process in North Dakota is expected to take between seven and 10 days, according to reports.