NTSB Says No Warning Lights, Faded Signs at Rosedale Train Explosion Site

The one-page report finds that the signs regulating traffic on the north side of the crossing where a CSX train derailed were faded and hung upside down, facing away from the driver.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday found that the Rosedale intersection where a CSX train derailed and exploded last month had no active warning lights or gates.

In addition, two yellow stop signs "had faded significantly, and both had been displaced from their original mountings," the report stated.

One of the signs regulating traffic on the northbound side of the tracks was hung upside down facing away from the roadway, according to the one-page preliminary report.

[A copy of the preliminary report is attached to this article.]

John J. Alban Jr. drove his Mack Granite waste disposal truck May 28 along the northbound side of the tracks where he attempted to cross.

Alban, 50, is a a retired Baltimore County firefighter who resides in the 1200 block of Sussex Road in Essex.

The train, traveling at 49 mph, can be seen in a video striking the truck almost immediately behind the cab. Alban was not seriously injured.

The crash caused the train to derail and caused the seventh car—carrying sodium chlorate—and the ninth car—carrying terephthalic acid—to spill their contents and catch fire. A subsequent explosion "shattered windows and damaged siding on buildings as far as a mile away," according to the report. No other injuries were reported.

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  • Watch: CSX Train Collides With Mack Truck
Jeanne June 13, 2013 at 05:26 PM
If you want to deal in facts that's good but here are some facts you forgot the driver did not even come to a rolling stop much less stop and he had been there before so he knew he had to stop. This was the truck drivers fault 100% and he will probably get away with reckless driving and all the damage because of a few loop holes. I think that is disgusting..
Kenneth W. Halfen June 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Wait a minute. 1. This is a crossing that only accesses Mr. Alban's company? 2. Both the crossing and Alban Waste have existing for how many years? 3. Mr. Alban crosses the tracks how many times each day? 4. Mr. Alban is a former firefighter? You can't fix "stupid".
BP June 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Well FACTS SHOW So why doesn't the dirty NTSB show the killer railroads pathetic safety record? SELECTION: RAILROAD - CSX Transportation [CSX ] / January TO December, 2012 TOTAL ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS: 916 Number of fatal accidents/incidents 101 Total train miles: 99,561,556 Switching miles: 14,784,650 Total fatalities: 104 Total nonfatal conditions:461 http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/NHTSA-05-11 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood """ with 1.09 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled""" one death in 917,431,119 miles traveled So CSX kills somebody about every MILLION MILES not 1.09 in 100 MILLION MILES traveled. FACT THAT
Ed June 16, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Sanchez, from what I have seen, the only vehicles crossing at that sport were from the waste company. It is not a public road but the entrance to a business.
Ed June 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Doug, it is a PRELIMINARY report. Final NTSB reports usually take a year to complete.


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