Officials: Train Derailment Under Control

By: CBS
By: CBS

CSX offers these important reminders:

  1. Obey posted signs at railroad crossings. Last year, 270 people died at crossings nationwide. To protect yourself and others, carefully observe all posted signs and warnings at crossings and always expect a train.
  2. Do not walk or ride ATVs or other recreational vehicles on train tracks. People struck by trains while illegally on railroad property is the leading cause of rail-related deaths, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Train tracks are private property and trespassing on railroad property is against the law.
  3. Do not trespass on bridges or in tunnels. Trains overhang tracks for three feet or more, and do not always operate on predictable schedules. Being on bridges or in tunnels makes an already dangerous situation even more hazardous.

Officials say everything is under control after a train derailed near Baltimore Tuesday. The fires are contained, and officials say there's no danger of another explosion.

Railroad workers dumped truckloads of rocks at the scene of the freight train accident outside Baltimore Wednesday morning.

They're beginning to repair the tracks after a train collided with a garbage truck, derailed, and exploded.

A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will spend the next few days looking over the wreckage, trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Today, crews moved train cars that were not affected in the crash and explosion off the tracks.

"All the cars that derailed are still on the scene," said Captain Bruce Schultz with the Baltimore Co. Fire Marshal's Office.

A thunderous explosion rocked Rosedale, Maryland Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck was the only person seriously hurt.

The blast could be felt at least a half mile away.

The train was carrying hazardous materials, including an acid used to make plastics

Officials did not evacuate the area because they said there were no toxic inhalants.

An industrial park near the train tracks sustained the most damage. The blast blew out windows, and mangled garage doors and metal walls.

"The buildings have a corrugated metal outer surface, and a lot of that corrugated metal has been removed or damaged," said Capt. Schultz.

The railroad crossing where the accident took place did have a stop sign, but no cross-arms or bells to warn drivers of on-coming trains.

This was the third serious train derailment in the U.S. this month.


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