Garbage train derails in Lansdowne

A CSX train carrying trash from upstate New York derailed Friday evening in Lansdowne, Baltimore County officials said. No injuries were reported, and police said the train was not carrying hazardous materials.

"No injuries, no fire, no hazmat," said Cpl. Cathy Batton, a county police spokeswoman.

Ten railcars left the tracks about 8 p.m., with four landing on their sides, CSX spokesman Gary Sease said. The derailment occurred on tracks that parallel Hammonds Ferry Road near Elizabeth Avenue.

The train, with two locomotives and 52 railcars, was traveling from Selkirk, N.Y., near Albany to Richmond, Va., Sease said. He said all of the cars were carrying "municipal or commercial waste."

"We've got a lot of resources on site, and we'll be working there on scene making sure everything is put back in order," he said.

The cause of the derailment was not readily apparent, said Lt. Paul Massarelli, a county fire spokesman.

Hammonds Ferry was closed Friday evening from Clyde Avenue to Mine Bank Lane, officials said.

The accident came as the National Transportation Safety Board was expecting to complete its on-scene work investigating a high-profile derailment in Rosedale. In that May 28 incident, a truck driver hit a CSX train at a crossing.

That collision led to a fire and a chemical explosion that was felt around the region, breaking windows in some spots. Buildings close to the explosion were severely damaged.

The only person seriously injured was John Alban Jr., the driver of the truck involved in the accident. He had been carrying trash, officials said. Alban, who was sent to the hospital, was recently released. The NTSB has said its investigation could take more than a year.

Last August, a CSX coal train derailed in Ellicott City, killing two 19-year-old women who had been sitting by the tracks. Longtime friends Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were on a railroad bridge about 20 feet above Main Street.

The number of derailments in Maryland dropped from 30 in 2004 to 10 last year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The number of hazmat derailments over the same period declined from 21 to a single incident.

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