Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Catches Fire in Northwest Washington

A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in the Washington town of Custer, close to the Canadian border, on December 22, prompting authorities to evacuate the immediate area.

The Washington State Patrol told all residents and visitors within half a mile of the site to evacuate. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was working to evacuate the area, and said several train cars were on fire.

This video, taken by local resident Sean Berg, shows flames leaping from several of the train’s cars while efforts were being made to extinguish the blaze.

The train’s operator, BNSF Railway, said between three and five of the train’s cars had derailed at around 11.40 am.

Nearby roadways, including a stretch of Interstate 5, were temporarily closed to traffic. Credit: Sean Berg via Storyful