Baltimore, Maryland: Collision with a truck causes derailment, fire and explosion

29 May

A CSX freight train collided with a truck in the Baltimore suburb of Rosedale. This resulted in the derailment of 15 of the trains freight cars, fire and then an explosion. The collision occurred at 14.02 on May 28th, 2013 on a passive level crossing giving access to an industrial premises off Lake Shore Drive. Emergency services were still containing the fire seven hours after the incident occurred as two of the wagons contained fluorosilicic acid and teraphthalic acid, neither of which are toxic inhalants. A CSX press release says that one of the freight cars contained sodium chlorate; however, this does not appear to have been affected by the fire and explosion. The truck driver sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Evidence from a CCTV camera overlooking the level crossing shows that the truck driver did not slow down and made no attempt to stop at the level crossing. This evidence also shows how close the trucker was to his cab being the point of impact.

A film of the fire and explosion can be found at

A film of the collision can be found at:

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