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Police: Driver error caused Md. train derailment

TOWSON — Police say driver error caused an explosive derailment of a CSX freight train near Baltimore last month.

Baltimore County police say the train hit a garbage truck at a crossing.

They issued seven traffic citations to 50-year-old John J. Alban Jr. He was driving the truck in the May 28 crash in Rosedale.

All the charges are misdemeanors. They carry fines that can be paid, or Alban can contest the citations in court.

Officers released the report on Thursday. It said neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor.

Alban was hospitalized for days after the crash. A woman who answered the phone at his home Thursday said “goodbye” and hung up.

The derailment led to an explosion and fire that investigators say damaged buildings as far as a mile away.