US probes train derailment, blast

Updated 30 May 2013
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US probes train derailment, blast

ROSEDALE, Maryland: A chemical-carrying freight train collided with a garbage truck, derailed and exploded at a rail crossing outside Baltimore, causing fires that were under control by yesterday morning, authorities said.
In the third serious derailment in the United States this month, a dozen or so rail cars — at least one carrying hazardous materials — went off the tracks Tuesday afternoon in Rosedale, Maryland, a suburb east of Baltimore. Several rail cars caught fire, sending a plume of black and gray smoke into the air that could be seen for miles (kilometers), and an explosion rattled homes at least a half-mile away.
While local officials breathed a sigh of relief that only one person — the garbage truck driver — was seriously injured and that the chemical fire didn’t pose a greater risk to nearby residents, some areas of inquiry for investigators were beginning to take shape.
Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said late Tuesday that the collision occurred at a private crossing where the only marking was a stop sign. He said it wasn’t clear why the truck was crossing the tracks or whether it was authorized to be there.
The truck driver, 50-year-old John J. Alban Jr., was in serious condition Tuesday night at Maryland Shock Trauma, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two CSX Transportation Inc. train workers for aboard weren’t hurt.
Even hours after the blast, the thick plume of black smoke could be seen for miles and had drifted and covered the eastern part of Baltimore. Later, the smoke that was left had lightened considerably, changing from black to gray, and Schultz announced early Wednesday that the fire was called under control late Tuesday just before midnight.


India military says 4 militants killed near Kashmir frontier

Updated 26 May 2018
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India military says 4 militants killed near Kashmir frontier

SRINAGAR, India: The Indian military says soldiers have killed at least four suspected militants in a gunbattle after they crossed into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed territory.
The military says fighting began early Saturday when soldiers intercepted a heavily armed group of insurgents along the highly militarized de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
There's no independent confirmation of the incident, which occurred in the remote, mountainous and forested northwestern Tangdhar sector.
Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 and demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown since 1989.