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Fire Erupts After Train Hits Truck in Maryland

ROSEDALE, Md. — A CSX freight train carrying chemicals crashed into a
trash truck on Tuesday and derailed in this Baltimore suburb. The
explosion that followed rattled homes at least a half-mile away, sending
up a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles, officials and
witnesses said.       

The train went off the tracks about 2 p.m. Hazardous materials teams
were called to the scene, but Kevin Kamenetz, the Baltimore County
executive, said at a news conference that no toxic inhalants were
burning, and officials did not order an evacuation.       

The truck driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition and two
CSX workers aboard were uninjured, fire officials said.       

A plume of black smoke drifted across the city line and covered the
eastern part of Baltimore. The face of a warehouse near the train tracks
was blown off.       

A CSX spokesman, Gary Sease, said that sodium chlorate was on the train,
which the Department of Transportation classifies as a hazardous
material. Chief John J. Hohman of the Baltimore County Fire Department
said, however, that the chemical was not in any of the cars that were
still burning into the evening. A bleaching agent, sodium chlorate is
used in making paper.       

At least a dozen cars were off the tracks. Mr. Sease said four of the
ones believed to have derailed carried terephthalic acid, which is used
in the production of plastics and polyester, among other things. It is
not listed as a hazardous material, he said.       

One of the cars still burning was carrying terephthalic acid, and
another was carrying fluoroacetic acid, Chief Hohman said. Fluoroacetic
acid can be used as a pesticide.He said that two warehouses were heavily
damaged by the explosion and other buildings were harmed, but that none
collapsed.       

An Amtrak spokeswoman said its Northeast Corridor service was not affected.       

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/us/fire-erupts-after-train-hits-truck-in-maryland.html?_r=0

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