Truck-Train Collision May Be Cause of Maryland Train Derailment

Baltimore County, Maryland

Several news outlets, including CNN and a Baltimore CBS affiliate, are reporting that a collision between a truck and a freight train is the cause of today’s derailment.

On twitter the Baltimore County Public Safety office reported “Confirmed: train into a warehouse carrying unknown chemicals. Train hit a tractor trailer. Driver has been removed. 4 warehouses evacuated.”

Baltimore County, MarylandThe crash happened at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the 7500 block of Lake Drive in Rosedale, Maryland.  Nearby residents said the explosion could be heard and felt miles away.
“I am home in my basement about 5 miles away from that derailment. It shook my house. It was a powerful explosion. They said a tractor trailer gotten tangle up with the train that is what caused the derailment,” Kenneth Duvall posted on our facebook page.

The crash caused several buildings to collapse.

According to CNN, Baltimore County police and fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the truck driver involved in the crash was taken to the hospital’s shock trauma unit.  The driver’s name has not been released.  He is listed in serious condition at this time.

At this time, no other injuries have been reported.

“As emergency responders try to reach the location and nearby buildings are evacuated, there are reports that Route 40 is closed in both directions and that I-95 will be closed shortly,” City Paper reported.