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Derailment Fire Injures Two

February 28, 1994

BURLINGTON, N.D. (AP) _ More than 1,500 people were allowed to return home today after a fiery train derailment that injured a father and son forced them to evacuate.

Residents within two miles of the tracks were forced out of their homes after 26 cars of a 59-car Canadian Pacific Railroad train derailed on the edge of Burlington early Sunday morning. One car carrying propane exploded.

Chad Yale, 16, ran into a wall of flames as he tried to flee his mobile home, near the tracks. He was listed in critical condition today at a St. Paul, Minn., burn hospital.

The boy’s father Rodney, 44, was listed in stable condition at another hospital. The family’s home was destroyed.

Authorities evacuated 1,500 to 2,000 people as firefighters sprayed about 800 gallons of water per minute on the flames to keep them from spreading to a tolulene tanker, Fire Chief Don Schmitz said.

The toluene tanker was empty, but the residue of the flammable solvent remained a danger, said a deputy state fire marshal, Ray Lambert.

The three-member train crew was interviewed as authorities probed the cause of the accident, Canadian Pacific spokesman John Bergene said.

The eastbound train was headed to Minneapolis from Portal, near the Canadian border.

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