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December 7, 2008

Freight train cars derail near Fargo

Cars on a freight train traveling from Minneapolis to Minot, N.D. derailed Sunday about 45 miles northwest of Faro, the Star Tribune reported.

One empty tanker car was burning Sunday evening, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman said.

The train left the tracks between Fargo and Minot. The 37 cars and two locomotives that derailed were carrying general freight such as sand and 50-foot-long pipes.

A resident who lives about 100 yards from the derailment was asked to temporarily relocate.

Spokesman Gus Melonas said that speed was not a factor of the derailment, and that the cause was being investigated.

Family of trampled Wal-Mart employee file lawsuit

The family of a Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death on Black Friday filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday, The Pioneer Press reported.

The lawsuit clams that the store advertisements for discounts ""created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."

The lawsuit also claims that the store failed to provide adequate security for the large crown of 2,000 and that Wal-Mart "engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent."

The employee, Jdimytai Damour, 34, died of asphyxiation after being crushed early Friday morning by the crowd.

He was 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds. Authorities suspect that Damour was placed at the entrance of the store to help with crowd control because of his large size.

Police are reviewing store video to identify possible suspects in Damour's death, but authorities said that criminal charges are unlikely.