ROSEDALE, Md. (WJZ) — It’s been one year since a frightening train collision and explosion in Rosedale, but people in the surrounding area are still picking up the pieces.
Linh Bui reports on the ongoing recovery.
The explosion caused significant damage to nearby businesses and affected thousands of people.
Caught on camera. A CSX train collides with a garbage truck. Train cars derail, leaking hazardous materials and triggering a massive explosion felt for miles.
One year later, the recovery continues.
“That shockwave hit and just made a total mess or our entire storefront,” said Al Clinedinst, Plumbers and Steamfitters LU. 486.
Al Clinedinst is the training director at the plumbers and steamfitters facility right up the hill from the tracks. The blast caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the building.
“That heat was just overpowering,” Clinedinst said. “It was scary how hot it was.”
The administrative office was the most impacted. It’s finally been renovated, but the rest of the building still needs a lot of repairs.
The explosion moved an entire wall, leaving behind huge cracks that run from the ceiling to the floor. Those cracks still need to be fixed. A wall that moved must be torn down. There’s patching and painting to do. Plus, new doors to put in.
Clinedinst says it will take a year before the whole area gets back to normal.
“I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget what happened that day and I’ll never forget the days of us trying to pull things together and the great people I’ve been able to surround myself with,” he said.
CSX has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the garbage truck. The NTSB is still investigating.
Baltimore County Police say the truck driver failed to stop at the tracks, causing the crash.
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