A freight train crashed into a commercial truck and derailed, causing an explosion that could be heard, seen and felt for miles around in Rosedale, a city in Maryland just to the east of Baltimore. Remarkably, no one has been reported dead at the time of writing. The truck driver is in serious, but stable condition.
"CSX indicates that there is no toxic inhalants, so we do not believe there is any substantial risk to the community," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told reporters, referring to the corporation that owned the train. There may have been explosive components in certain train cars, but that is not confirmed.
Firefighters continue to work to contain the fires. Thick plumes of white and black smoke emerged from multiple points in the wreckage. That smoke has become less thick since the accident, a sign that firefighters are having success at containing the disaster, and/or that the flammable material present is gradually burning off.
Baltimore County spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the train was carrying unknown chemicals but said the smoke did not include toxic inhalants. Still, a 20-block area around the accident was evacuated.
Jason Digman, 40, said this was the second such incident he's seen:
"Second since I've lived here over the last 13 years," he said. "My neighbor said windows are busted."
Coverage of this dramatic event is ongoing, but miraculously, it appears for now that this will pass with no casualties.