ROSEDALE, Md. (WJZ) — In the moments after the crash, there was mass confusion in the area.
Rochelle Ritchie spoke to people who were closest to the frightening accident.
“They said they not letting the school bus up there, so they got to go. You all got to go get him,” one mother was heard saying on her cell phone.
Parents frantically trying to figure out how to get their children home from school after Baltimore County police shut down Pulaski Highway.
“I had to run home, go through lights and then I seen all the smoke and fire departments. It’s terrifying. It shook everything,” the mother said.
The train was hauling several cars, one which overturned on one side. The mangled truck was on the other.
People who live on the railroad said they thought nothing of it when they heard the explosion. They said they heard loud noises all the time coming from this railroad track.
“The trucks back there making a lot of noise and the trains backing into each other making a lot of noise, but then I saw the fire,” said one resident.
People within feet of the explosion shared a common and frightening story.
“All of a sudden, I hear this big explosion and I think, ‘what the heck is going on now?’ You know?” said one woman.
“I actually got knocked on the ground and my chest is actually still a bit sore from the concussion.
You know, you could actually see the air and everything around it move from the explosion,” said one man.