Evacuated residents allowed home after oil train derailment

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Residents who were evacuated from their homes in a central North Dakota town when an oil train derailed and caught fire have returned.

Wells County Commission Chairman Mark Schmitz says the 20 people who live in Heimdal (HYM'-dahl) were allowed to return about 9 p.m. Monday after the fire died down.

Residents were ordered from their homes shortly after the BNSF Railway train derailed Monday morning outside the town, about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the wreck isn't known.

The train was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient.

Officials also are investigating whether any oil contaminated waterways in the area.