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Grand Forks Fire Department Captian Jeff Laskowske checks out the spare air tanks on one of the city's hazmat trucks. This truck includes a refilling station for air tanks atthe scene of an incident.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Grand Forks responders say precautions in place for major derailment

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When the fiery, explosive train derailment near Casselton, N.D., hit national news last month, it left a question in many Grand Forks residents’ minds:


What would we do if it happened here?

A major derailment is unlikely, especially because trains drive much slower while in towns than in rural areas, said Jim Campbell, emergency manager for the city and Grand Forks County.

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Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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