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Associated Press, Published December 01 2013

9 empty oil tank cars derail in North Dakota

BISMARCK – BNSF Railway says nine empty oil tanker cars derailed after a train was hit by a pickup truck just outside of western North Dakota’s Oil Patch.

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the derailment occurred about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, about 60 miles southeast of Minot.

McBeth says there were no injuries to the pickup driver or to personnel on the train. She says the incident is under investigation.

The mile-long train, with 104 empty oil tanker cars, was coming from Oklahoma to get filled with North Dakota crude oil.

McBeth says the railroad hoped to have the damaged rail cars cleared and the line reopened Monday morning.