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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