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Poorly Maintained Signs Could Have Helped Cause Baltimore Train Derailment

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In Maryland, a preliminary report on last month's train derailment in Rosedale says poorly maintained road signs for failing to warn the driver of the truck that caused the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigators found stop signs, faded and displaced, at the rail grade crossing near an industrial area of White Marsh, Maryland. where the crash occurred, including one that was upside down and facing away from traffic.

The report says the driver of a trash truck, 50-year-old John Alban Jr., did not stop at the grade crossing.

The report, released today detailed the May 28th collision between a CSX train and the truck caused 15 cars to derail, followed by an explosion and fire. The explosion, according to the report, caused further damage of buildings as far as a mile away.

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