Train Derailment And Explosion Cause Nearby Building Collapse, No Deaths: See Shocking Crash Here [VIDEO]
A violent train derailment in a Baltimore suburb was reported on Tuesday as the impact and explosion caused nearby buildings to collapse and homes as far as half a mile away to rattle.
The incident, which occurred 10 miles northeast of Baltimore in the town of White Marsh, was reported at approximately 2 p.m. EST. A shocking thick plume of heavy smoke rose over the crash site and was visible for miles.
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According to the Washington Post, fire officials say a CSX freight train crashed into a trash truck near Baltimore. Not only did the explosion cause buildings to collapse, the Post reports some building were set ablaze as well.
The trash truck that struck the train trapped a driver inside. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the truck driver was eventually rescued in serious but stable condition at a hospital. Remarkably, no other injuries were immediately reported.
"The whole building shook and there was just dust everywhere," said nearby Dunkin Donuts employee Tawan Rai. "I went outside and people were rushing there, the police officers, fire trucks." Rai also mentioned that no store windows broke, but he was surprised by the intensity of the blast.
About a half mile away, White Marsh resident Dale Walstone reported vibrations and a strong smell of chemicals. "It shook my house pretty violently and knocked things off the shelves," Walstone said in an email to the Associated Press.
Despite the multiple reports of the train derailment over a wide radius, no deaths from the incident have been reported.
The derailment is the third serious incident this month. On May 17, a commuter train derailment at Bridgeport, Connecticut, injured more than 70 people. What's more, an eastbound train heading to New York City went off the tracks during evening rush hour. In addition, the derailed train was struck by an oncoming westbound train just 20 seconds later.
See the stunning footage of the train derailment in the videos below:
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