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Images of Baltimore’s massive freight train derailment spread online

A freight train derailed just after 2pm ET Tuesday. 


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on May 28, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 2:48 pm CDT

A cargo train derailed in East Baltimore County around the White Marsh area just after 2pm ET Tuesday.

PHOTO: Freight train derails in Baltimore County, MD…

— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) May 28, 2013

PHOTO: Fire burning after freight train derailment in Baltimore County, MD…

— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) May 28, 2013

Baltimore County Police tweeted that there were no immediate injuries and that Hazmat was responding.

Preliminary reports: Several buildings collapsed at site of train derailment. PIO en route.^EA

— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) May 28, 2013

CNN is reporting that one person is trapped in the wreckage. According to the Baltimore Sun, the train does not appear to have made contact with nearby buildings and emergency crews aren’t engaging with the fire. The explosion could be seen throughout Baltimore County and the city.

Holy fuck, train just derailed in front of my building #baltimore…

— KRL224 (@KRL224) May 28, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Cargo Train Derailed In East Baltimore County

— Mr. Baltimore (@TheKeenanSystem) May 28, 2013

Wall blown off neighboring building after train in Baltimore exploded. #7news…

— Brad Tatum (@BradTatum) May 28, 2013

One of the few videos of the crash’s aftermath was captured by Facebook user Uptown Bev:

Another video from the scene:

Amtrak said that the derailment will not affect its train schedule because its trains run on different tracks. The cause of the derailment isn’t immediately known. We will update this story as more details become known.

Photo via @nbcnightlynews/Twitter

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*First Published: May 28, 2013, 3:09 pm CDT