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UPDATED – Must see video: Security-cam captures train hitting truck in Rosedale, MD that sparked explosion. Plus fireground audio & more.

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Earlier coverage with explosion videos

The video above was posted to YouTube yesterday by ETTCorp shows what the NTSB has described in its briefings (details from about the chain of events that caused the mess in Baltimore County, Maryland on Tuesday afternoon. Here’s the description with it:

© 2013 Eastern Truck & Trailer
Train hits truck @0:08
Explosion @5:32 

Below is a second video from Eastern Truck & Trailer. This camera is looking toward the growing fire and eventually the explosion:

A third video from Eastern is below and appears to be shot from a cell phone camera shortly after the collision:


Below is the radio traffic from the incident in Rosedale via alertpage:

And, in the report below, WUSA-TV questions information from officials about the toxicity of the chemicals that burned:

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  • Anonymous

    tones are stupid

  • Fire21

    Obviously an unguarded private crossing. The truck driver never even slowed to look; we don’t know if the train engineer was operating the horn.

    I was immensely unimpressed with how the workers at the facility rushed to check on the truck driver. I understand confusion, and I guess it’s possible the truck was dragged a long ways downline. But no-one made much of a move to go that direction for a long time.

    • Egon

      Gosh, Fire21. I guess not every truck mechanic can be as heroic as you (sitting in front of your computer).

    • Fire21

      I just saw the updated version with the additional videos. OK, I withdraw my statement about them not checking on the driver. I also realize now how close the fire was to the cameras. At least that one videographer asked about the driver, and hoped the engineers were ok. My bad.

    • CareerLt

      Fire21…Seriously? I guess with all of the tactical responsibilities you had while you were on scene, you didn’t know that the cab of the truck that was struck came to rest approximately 100 feet, or less, from the point of impact. Or that the “careless” driver of the truck was a retired career firefighter from Baltimore County who was extricated from his vehicle by the engine company he retired from.
      And I’m sure with your vast amount of time behind a computer, err I mean on an engine company, you would hope that civilians run away from situations such as these. We all can’t be heroes like you

  • SFC

    Experienced truck driver looking for work!

  • Anonymous

    Given the amount of fire, I don’t blame them.

  • 303

    It was 14 sec. from the time the train stopped moving until these untrained civilians that were looking at a major train derailment with chemical cars and heavy fire showing mustered enough courage to RUN and see if they could help anyone they could. I really don’t know what more you can ask of someone who just had there ordinary day disrupted in such a ugly manner. Great job guys my hat is off to you and heaven forbid Im ever in similar circumstance I hope there are people there as brave as you until my brothers and sisters arrive. Well done!

  • conspiracy

    Why was the MSP incident command vehicle at the train derailment BEFORE the derailment?