Federal investigators have a clearer picture of what happened in the moments leading up to a May 28 freight train-garbage truck crash after analyzing footage from a camera mounted on the front of the train and surveillance video from a nearby business, according to ABC News.
“Seventeen seconds before the collision, [the] train horn blasts begin … We are able to hear the three blasts going up to the point of impact,” said Robert Sumwalt, board member of the National Transportation Safety Board, at a news conference, according to ABC. “Five seconds prior to the collision, we see the front of the truck coming into the picture. Three seconds prior to the impact, the front of the truck enters the track and at impact the train strikes the right rear tandem axel of the truck.”
Fifteen cars of the 45-car train were derailed in an industrial area of Rosedale, Md., near Baltimore.
The two workers aboard the train were not injured. The driver of the truck, 50-year-old John Alban Jr., was taken to a hospital where he is in serious but stable condition, the report said.
Alban is a retired Baltimore County firefighter who owns Alban Waste LLC, a small waste collection company based in Baltimore.
The train, which had been traveling at 49 mph before the crash, traveled more than 4,000 feet after its emergency brakes were applied, Sumwalt said.
“We will not be determining cause while we’re on the scene and will not speculate about what may have caused the accident,” he said.
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