(BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md.) — Fifteen freight train cars derailed in an industrial area of Maryland Tuesday afternoon causing an explosion, the collapse of several buildings and leaving one person in serious condition, according to authorities.
The CSX train derailed in the White Marsh area around 2 p.m., according to officials.
“Several buildings collapsed at the site of the train derailment,” Baltimore County public safety information specialist Louise Feher told ABC News.
An overturned garbage truck could be seen at the scene and the driver was the injured person, according to the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department. The truck driver was removed from the truck and taken to a hospital. The driver is in serious but stable conditions, authorities said.
The train and truck collided, but officials have not yet provided details on the collision or whether the collision caused the derailment.
Two CSX train employees were not injured, officials said.
“There was an explosion and there was smoke,” she said. Officials do not yet know the cause of the explosion. It was not immediately known what the train was hauling. Feher said fire units and hazmat officials were on the scene, although officials said there were no hazardous materials involved.
Aerial footage showed a thick cloud of black smoke billowing from the scene and 15 train cars that had come off of the rails. Two cars were burning.
The 20-block area around the derailed train has been evacuated, officials said. Nearby Pulaski Highway has been closed in both directions.
Witnesses in the area told ABC News’ Baltimore affiliate WMAR-TV that businesses near the scene shook and “mushroom cloud” could be seen.
Richard Bosley, a man who was working in the area, told WMAR-TV that he could smell and taste fumes in the air.
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