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John Alban Jr., the driver seriously injured after his truck collided with a freight train in Rosedale last week — triggering an explosion felt around the region — was discharged from the hospital.

Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman Cynthia Rivers said Monday that Alban had been discharged Sunday. The 50-year-old Essex man had been in serious condition since the crash last Tuesday.

After Alban's truck struck the southbound 45-car freight train, 15 cars derailed and chemicals on board caught fire and exploded, shearing off the side of a nearby building and blowing out windows and cracking ceilings on other buildings.

No one else was seriously injured in the incident, at a grade crossing near the 7500 block of Lake Drive in an industrial section of Rosedale. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Alban, a retired Baltimore County firefighter, owns a trucking business in an area surrounded by what used to be known as the 68th Street Dump, which is accessible only by crossing the train tracks.

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