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Police: Drivers who stop have clear view of tracks

Friday - 6/28/2013, 5:33pm  ET

ROSEDALE, Md. -- Police say that if a truck driver had stopped before crossing railroad tracks near his business outside Baltimore, he would have been able to see for more than half a mile up and down the rail line. Instead, a freight train struck the truck as it crossed the tracks, setting off a fiery chemical explosion and critically injuring the truck driver.

Baltimore County police issued a report Friday on last month's crash. They announced Thursday seven traffic charges against truck driver John Alban Jr.

The report says Alban didn't stop at the crossing, which is marked with warning signs. Police say that while some of the signs are worn, drivers familiar with the road would know of the crossing and Alban has to use it to reach his business.


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