Maryland Train Fire and Explosion Under Investigation

By Peter DePaolis

According to authorities, a chemical-carrying freight train collided with a garbage truck, derailed, and exploded at a rail crossing outside Baltimore.

In the third serious derailment in the US this month, over a dozen rail cars went off the tracks on July 23 in Rosedale, Maryland. Several rail cars caught fire, sending a plume of black and gray smoke into the air that could be seen for miles; an explosion from the accident shook homes over a half-mile away.

Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said that the collision occurred at a private crossing where the only marking was a stop sign. Sumwalt said it was unclear why the garbage truck was crossing the tracks or whether it was authorized to be there.

The 50-year-old driver of the garbage truck was seriously injured and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was said to be in serious condition. The chemical fire did not pose a risk to nearby residents, but some areas of inquiry were beginning to take shape for investigators at the scene.

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This tragic accident is an example of how an explosion can cause severe injuries, including scarring, burns, loss of limbs, and even death. If you have been injured in an explosion, contact our attorneys so we can assist you during this painful time.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.